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June 21, 2013

Second public input session about rec center improvements


“We believe that it will provide the community with the biggest return,” Bering said.

The major focus of Scope #2 is a family-sized gym addition onto the current gym area, which would create a building addition on the east side of the current facility. This plan would also include a youth fitness activity space, and would also include an update to the current gymnasium’s floor and HVAC system.

An advantage to Scope #2 would be that the racquetball court would also be updated to include a possible spin studio or flexible fitness space. The total cost for Scope #2 is estimated at $2,005,150, with the most costly part of the improvement being the building addition for the gym.

Scope #3 focuses on an improvement of the pool area, resulting in a building addition on the west side of the facility. The current wading pool would be taken out, and a family pool would be created in addition to the current pool used for open swim. The family pool would be relatively shallow at about 3.6 feet deep, and it would also have a railing for ADA compliance. A recessed ADA compliant hot tub would be included in the improvements as well.

Bering said much of the improvements proposed in Scope #3 are based from a meeting they had with a consultant who viewed the current pool area and made suggestions on how the area could be improved. Scope #3 also includes the addition of an outdoor splash pad on the Rec. Center patio. The total estimation for the cost of carrying out Scope #3 is $2,900,030.

In addition to the three main scopes presented, Long and Bering mentioned a possible fourth scope that could be further developed if the community showed interest. The fourth scope could be the addition of an outdoor aquatic center, if the community decided to pursue such an option. Long and Bering estimate that an outdoor aquatic center of a size that would be typical for a community the size of Knoxville would be around $5-7 million.

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