Widefield Parks & Rec construction begins
Spring sports may be impacted
Last updated 3/31/2022 at 12:12pm
Work has begun on a major facelift and expansion for Widefield Parks and Recreation. Crews have begun the initial prep work this week, and the official groundbreaking is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5.
During the 12-month construction period, the campus will see several impacts. Parking lots, roadways and sidewalks will have changes and improvements. Officials say this will make the campus easier to navigate and more accessible. Unfortunately, during construction, some areas will be closed off and parking will be limited.
Construction will have an impact on parking and field access for upcoming youth sports games, WPR Manager Nicole Reeves said in a letter to families. The parking lot between Field 1 and Field 2 will not be accessible, nor will the walkway between Field 2 and Red Field. Attached is a map of the fields that outline the inaccessible areas and available parking spaces. There is also have parking around the community center building, but it may be busy with pool and library traffic.
"We understand that you may need to park farther away from your field than you have had to in the past, and we apologize for any inconvenience," she said.
At the groundbreaking, those involved in this new venture – including architects LKA Partners and Nunn Construction – will discuss the many changes coming to the WPR campus.
The cornerstone will be a new 65,000-square-foot Recreation Center. The first floor will include a gymnasium containing three full-size basketball courts, dividing curtains, storage rooms, and a suspended walking track around the interior perimeter; two community meeting rooms with a kitchen; a child watch/preschool area, with storage, and teacher work rooms; an administration area; and men’s and women’s locker rooms.
A second floor will include two group exercise rooms, outdoor exercise patio, cardio, fitness and weight areas with staff offices.
A subsequent future phase will convert the first-floor general storage to family changing rooms and add 13,860 square feet for a lap pool and zero-entry recreation pool.
The project is coming together after a lengthy period of soliciting feedback from a facility expansion committee made up of community stakeholders and holding informational meetings at several schools across the district. Construction is expected to take a little over a year.
The campus will see improvements and expansion of current parking lots, roadway changes, and on-site stormwater infrastructure.
Construction is expected to cost $22.5 million, coming from $17 million in certificates of participation (COPs) bonding and $5.5 million from the Widefield Parks and Recreation general fund.
The debt service to pay back the COPs will be paid from an annual $1 million general fund transfer.
Visit the Facility Expansion webpage for the most up to date information on the new recreation center: https://parksandrec.wsd3.org/information/facility-expansion