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Breckenridge Rec Center to host public forum for renovation ideas

Sebastian Foltz
sfoltz@summitdaily.com

As part of a potential renovation and expansion plan, the Breckenrige Recreation Center will host a series of public forums to receive community input on possible changes to the existing facilities. The first session will be held Wednesday, Jan. 28, followed by additional meetings Thursday, Jan. 29, Monday, Feb. 2, and Thursday, Feb. 5. All sessions will be held at 6:15 p.m. at the rec center, except the Jan. 29 meeting, which will be at noon.

Plans are currently in their initial stages and based in part on previous needs assessments established by the rec center, its guests and an outside consulting firm. "We're not necessarily selling a blueprint right now," town of Breckenridge recreation director Mike Barney, said. "We're trying to share a vision of what our future needs may be."

A decision to forego renovations also remains an option if community input shows that guests are satisfied with the current facilities.

Among the suggested renovations is increased studio space for rec center classes. Currently all classes have to be capped at 23 participants.

Climbing wall and swimming pool expansions will also be discussed, along with weight room renovation ideas. Additional youth program space and an indoor playground have been identified as potential needs as well.

Barney said the current facility has limited space for expansion given surrounding property. One of the suggestions is to convert the existing indoor tennis courts into additional rec center space. At least two of the rec center's eight outdoor courts would likely be converted into indoor courts in order to accommodate the expansion.

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As part of the meeting sessions, officials from the town and the rec center will present conceptual drawings of past expansion suggestions and take feedback from community members in attendance.

"We want to be open to hearing people's ideas," Barney said of the forums. "Citizens being engaged with their local governments is important. Unless we hear from our residents, we don't know if we're meeting their needs."

He said they would also be open to new suggestions beyond their initial plans.

Following the sessions rec center officials will create a proposal to be presented to and approved by the town council.

Funding for any renovations would come from the town's capital improvement project budget. The CIP funds come from real estate transfer taxes and are allocated to a variety of town needs. The rec center and the town recently renovated the facility's skatepark and installed a turf field using those funds.

No dollar amount has been assigned to the project. Barney said the rec center proposal will likely include multiple options for the town council to consider.

Plans could be submitted some time in May with a potential for renovations to begin in 2016.