Officials break ground for Rec Center
$28 million project will be largest on Western Slope
(Published Saturday, Apr. 25, 2014 in the Montrose Daily Press, republished with permission)
By Katie Langford
Daily Press Staff Writer
Families and community members braved the wind and rain Friday night to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Montrose Community Recreation Center.
The 82,000-square-foot, $28-million project is 20 years in the making, Recreation District Executive Director Ken Sherbenou said.
“It’s pretty phenomenal that it’s actually happening now,” Sherbenou said. “We just did our best to listen to the community and make sure the project was as strong as possible.”
A key part of that was financing, Sherbenou said, which was previously a barrier to getting the project off the ground.
“This community is very fiscally conservative and has high expectations for its public agencies, and we’ve done our best to deliver,” Sherbenou said.
A sales tax, existing Recreation District revenue and significant contributions from the Daniels Fund, Department of Local Affairs and El Pomar are all funding the new center, which is set to open in fall 2016.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Mayor David Romero said the new Recreation Center would be a key part of having a healthy community.
“There’s something about the investment in health and healthy living I think the community has really gotten on board with,” Romero said. “As a lifelong member of this community, I’m excited for this effort to come to fruition.”
Highlights of the new center include a climbing wall, two racquetball courts, a large gym, therapy center, 11-lane lap pool, a leisure pool with a zero-depth entrance and a lazy river.
The current aquatic center will be converted into an Astroturf fieldhouse after the new recreation center opens.
Sherbenou said the indoor walking track will be “the best in the country,” with three routes, one including stairs and one with hills for added resistance.
“That’s the No. 1 item that’s been missing from Montrose, and the No. 1 need we’ve seen on surveys, so we’ve really done our best to meet that need,” he said.
Both Romero and Sherbenou said the new recreation will improve Montrose residents’ quality of life.
“This is a key piece in the package that we’ve been missing for a long time. Now that we have it, it will be something that will be a unifier in bringing together and building community, making a better community and a healthier community,” Sherbenou said.
More information about the new recreation center can be found at www.montroserec.com.
Katie Langford can be reached at 252-7038 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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