Recreation center next on Palmdale parks plan

Recreation center next on Palmdale parks plan

first_imgAmong the remaining elements of the “vision” plan promised to residents are covers for the pools at Marie Kerr and Oasis to allow from year-round activities. “We’re a couple of years from seeing the vision completed,” Ledford said. [email protected] (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – A recreation center that can double as an emergency shelter during a disaster will be the next major component of Palmdale’s “Vision for the Future” parks development plan. Palmdale is looking to get moving this summer on a $6.5 million construction project to build the 17,000-square-foot recreation center. The price tag includes construction of additional restrooms for the park’s amphitheater and making drainage improvements. “There are some significant improvements coming,” said Mayor Jim Ledford. The recreation center will be similar to one that opened in October 2005 at the Oasis Park at Avenue S and 40th Street East. The center will contain a gymnasium big enough for a regulation basketball court, a dance and fitness studio with wood flooring, a youth game area, a lounge, a kitchen and a multipurpose hall that can be divided into three separate rooms. City officials opted to make the center capable of serving as an emergency shelter or as an emergency operations center in the event of a disaster. The city now uses a training room in the administration building as the emergency operations center. About $1.5 million of the construction costs are for the restroom project. The city has wanted to move forward with the restroom project ever since the amphitheater opened in 2005. Restroom capacity at the amphitheater was reduced in order to keep the project within the available construction budget at the time. City officials put the restroom project out to bid last year, but bids came in too high for the project to go forward, about $475 a square foot. This time the bids came in at about $344 a square foot, according to Tim Hughes, the city’s deputy director of public works. The center is part of the city’s $43 million plan to create two “superparks,” the new Oasis Park on the east side and the expanded Marie Kerr Park on the west side. The park construction is largely funded through an assessment approved by property owners in 2002. The city has completed much of the plan already, including opening the Dry Town water park and the amphitheater at Marie Kerr. last_img

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