Southlake Community Recreation Ground Breaking
The City of Southlake will host a groundbreaking event for its long-awaited community recreation center (CRC) September 27, 9:00am to noon, at its home in Bicentennial Park. Community leaders encourage the public to attend and tours will be provided, along with breakfast, lunch and entertainment.
To help attendees better envision the size and scope of the CRC, the 105,000 square foot building will be outlined in chalk and interior spaces will be marked with display boards. City staff members will offer guided tours through the facility and answer questions. Though attendees will be able to get a feel for what the entire facility will offer, the groundbreaking marks the start of construction for phase 1 of the CRC, which is fully funded with cash set aside for the project since 2009. Phase 1 will include an events hall, multipurpose conference and meeting spaces, a club lounge, catering kitchen, senior center, an outdoor amphitheater and events space. Estimated completion for phase 1 is December 2015.
“This is more than just a typical groundbreaking ceremony and we’re pulling out all the stops to engage citizens from the beginning. We want the community to be involved in this facility every step of the way,” said Chris Tribble, director of community services for the City of Southlake, noting there will be a design center where attendees can learn more about the facility and the Southlake Community Band will play in the space designated for the amphitheater. Below is a schedule of events:
· 9:00AM: Breakfast served
· 9:30AM: Presentation and groundbreaking ceremony
· 10:00AM: Tours and giveaways
· 11:00AM: Lunch served
The CRC has been in the Parks Master Plan since 1996 and became a top priority when it was frequently cited in the 2009 and 2011 citizen surveys. In August 2013, City Council put the plan into action when it approved $1.72M to design phase 1 and the site plan was approved at the June 3 City Council meeting. When complete, the CRC will be the city’s largest public facility, as well as the most expensive, with the current planned budget at $46.5M.
Phase 2 of the CRC, which requires voter approval, will include spaces for fitness, performance training, gymnasium, indoor jog/walk track, indoor aquatics, indoor playground, party rooms, early learning classroom, child watch and multipurpose classrooms for programs. In May 2015, Southlake voters will be asked to consider re-purposing an existing sales tax revenue source to construct and offset a portion of the facility operating cost. If approved, Phase 2 construction would begin in fall 2016.
Because of the magnitude of the project, the CRC will be built in phases and has a multi-year development timeline:
· August 2013 – Phase 1 design
· June 2014 – Site plan for Phase 1 approved
· September 2014 – Phase 1 construction begins
· March 2015 – Tax repurpose election to fund Phase 2
· Summer 2015 – Proposed Phase 2 design
· December 2015 – Phase 1 opens
· Fall 2016 – Proposed Phase 2 construction begins
· Early 2018 – Proposed Phase 2 opens
The Southlake CRC is located at 315 North Shady Oaks Drive in the southwest corner of Bicentennial Park. For more information, visit www.SouthlakeCRC.com.