It has been 18 years in the making, but the long-awaited construction of the Southlake community recreation center (CRC) will kick-off with a groundbreaking event September 27, 9:00am to noon, at its home in Bicentennial Park. The City invites the community to join the fun with tours, 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 paint and interior spaces marked with display boards. City staff members will provide guided tours throughout 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. Phase 1, which is fully funded with cash set aside for the project since 2009, will include an events hall, multipurpose conference & meeting spaces, a club lounge, catering kitchen, senior center, an outdoor amphitheater and events space. Estimated completion for Phase 1 is December 2015.
Phase 2 of the CRC 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.
Funding for Phase 2 requires voter approval. In May 2015, Southlake voters will be asked to consider re-purposing an existing sales tax revenue source (70-75% of which is funded by non-Southlake residents) to construct and offset a portion of the facility operating cost. It is important to note that the facility will not require an increase in taxes for residents. If approved, Phase 2 construction would begin in the Fall of 2016.
“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:
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, 2014 City Council meeting.
The multi-year timeline below highlights important dates in the development of the CRC:
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.