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Vision 2020 launches rec center website

Published 5:38pm Thursday, July 31, 2014

Vision 2020 is looking to keep the public up-to-date and quell rumors on one of its most talked-about projects.

The Community Recreation Center committee just launched, a website meant to keep the public informed about the project.

“There’s so much interest and it’s been a slow moving project,” said Laura Helle, Director of Vision Creation for Vision 2020.

Helle said the project has generated a lot of talk in the community, which is positive. But the problem is not all that talk is necessarily accurate.

“It can be frustrating, but to me its really a good sign,” Helle said.

The site is a way to fix that.

“We just want to give people a trusted source of information that they can check,” Helle said.

The site offers information on the project, links to the committee meeting schedule, feasibility study results and an email sign up form.

Residents interested in the Community Recreation Center are encouraged to sign up for email updates about the project.

There are two distinct needs with the recreation center: The need for a community fitness center and the need for a field house, which would be a large, open and flexible space that could be used for practices, tournaments and different sports.

The committee is considering fewer than 10 locations — some with the field house and community center together, others where the two are separate.

YMCA, Riverland Community College, Austin Public Schools, and the city of Austin’s parks and recreation department are partnering with Vision 2020 on the project.

Matt Cano and Tanya Medgaarden are heading the Community Recreation Center committee is lead by and is working to fulfill this mission statement: “Create a year-round recreation center of architectural significance which will be a welcoming place for everyone in our community to meet, exercise and play. The recreation campus will have state-of-the-art fitness facilities such as a family aquatic center, practice facilities and programs supporting healthy living in a safe affordable environment.”


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