Rec center meeting to look at amenities |

Rec center meeting to look at amenities

Paul Shockley

Tentative plans for what’s likely to be included in a local recreation center will be displayed Wednesday as a steering committee eyes a ballot question this fall.

“We need to start finalizing amenities inside this facility and start making decisions on what we can afford to spend,” said Dave Pike, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department director.

Such will be the focus of Wednesday’s 7 p.m. meeting at The Center of Craig, which will include designs for a two-floor, roughly 52,000-square-foot facility.

Designs presented at a Feb. 4 public meeting included leisure and lap pools, a gymnasium, fitness center, racquetball courts, meeting rooms, childcare and an indoor shooting range — among other amenities.

Plans, however, didn’t include a walking track and climbing wall — two amenities supported by residents in past surveys.

Pres Askew, a citizen at-large steering committee member, said Wednesday’s meeting also needs a clearer picture on what happens next.

Steering committee members in February discussed a range of funding options — from voter-approved sales tax increases, the creation of a use tax, state and foundation grant dollars — but made no commitments. If approved by taxpayers, the facility would be built near the future 100-acre Craig campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College, just west of Moffat County Road 7.

The committee approved building on the site despite a cheaper option of refurbishing the old Country General location on West Victory Way. Projected construction costs at the college were $10,832,900 versus $10,624,000 at the former Country General store, according figures from Sink Combs Dethlefs, an architectural firm hired by the

steering committee.

Moreover, the city of Craig and CNCC have agreed to split about $1,400,000 in site and utility costs at the site — which is also a possible home for The Memorial Hospital.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at

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