Rec center presentation available online
Published 10:30 am Thursday, March 31, 2016
The presentation from the Austin Community Recreation Center forums earlier in March is now available online for those who were not able to attend the presentations or want to go back and view it again.
The forums were held March 15 at Austin Public Library to discuss Vision 2020 and the city’s work toward acquiring the former downtown Austin Municipal Plant to build a $35 million Community Recreation Center at the site.
The Austin Utilities Board voted 5-0 earlier this month to approve a $2 million conditional purchase agreement to sell the former plant to the city. The Austin City Council has discussed conditional purchase agreement and an operating agreement with the Austin YMCA to operate public parts of the facility.
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The council hasn’t voted and will likely discuss the issue again next month.
Vision 2020’s goal is to build a rec center that would likely be jointly operated by the city and YMCA. Plans call for part of the facility be a new YMCA that would only be accessible to Y members, while other parts would be publicly accessible rec center space, though many details are still being worked out.
The facility would likely feature things like an indoor playground, a family aquatic center, community spaces, gyms, a gymnastics facility, workout rooms, a running track and more.
Questions, comments and concerns can be directed to Vision 2020 Director Greg Siems and Rec Center Committee co-chairs Matt Cano and Tayna Medgaarden.
The forum presentation is available at www.vision2020austin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/sites/5/2016/03/Rec-center-forum-presentation-copy.pdf