The new Northglenn Recreation Center, Senior Center and Theatre construction has begun! The mayor, City Council, Parks & Recreation Advisory Board and many others gathered on Oct. 28 for the official groundbreaking. The long-anticipated celebration was well-attended despite the chilly weather.
Though the groundbreaking ceremony just occurred, the construction fence went up in early October and the dirt started moving as soon as City Council approved the final agreement on Oct. 14. Construction will take place for the next 18 months, with a big payoff at the end.
Existing programming from the current recreation center, senior center and theatre will shift to the new space. The new facility will also allow for programming to be expanded to meet the needs of the community.
The project budget is $54 million. The debt service (Certificates of Participation) will be paid utilizing the 2 percent marijuana tax, ½ percent sales tax and an annual $1.7 million general fund transfer. The project also was awarded grant funding – $100,000 from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and initial approval for $1.5 million from the Adams County Open Space Advisory Board.
Taxes will NOT be raised to build the new facility.
Keep up with the progress at www.northglenn.org/newreccenter. Updates will be posted regularly. Beginning mid-November, a time-lapse video of the construction progress will be available for public viewing. Check it out!
The 85,000-square-foot facility will have:
- Lap and leisure pools
- 320-seat theatre
- Senior center
- Preschool space and play area
- Weight and cardio area
- Multi-use classrooms
- Indoor track
- Fitness rooms
- Community room that fits up to 240 people with adjacent catering kitchen
City Hall and the current recreation center will be open as usual during construction. However, there are a few things to be aware of:
• Please stay out of the fenced area, it is dangerous! There will be many construction vehicles and hazards.
• Sidewalks connecting City Hall and the current rec center are closed, as are the shortest routes from Grant Street to the tunnel to the Park-n-Ride. Even though the route to reach the pedestrian underpass will include a detour, the tunnel will remain open throughout construction. Please allow extra time to go around the construction if you are walking the area.
• Parking may be limited. Staff has been asked to park away from the main entrances of City Hall and the current recreation center, making close parking available for residents and visitors. However, some parking areas are on the opposite side of the construction zone, so plan for more time than usual.