MONTROSE, Colo. It took two different ballot initiatives, but the Montrose Community Recreation Center is becoming a reality.
"I think people will be really excited to see the design as it comes together and be able to see how the pool, the racquetball courts, the gymnasium, the walking track, how those are really all going to fit together as the plan moves forward," said Barbara Bynum, board member for the Montrose Recreation District.
People got a preview of what's in store for the new center at two public meetings at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Aquatic Center.
"Taking the plan that we've already developed through multiple community meetings and input sessions and we're developing it now into an even better plan and we want to show that here today," said Chuck Musgrave, who's helping to design the project through Barker Rinker Seacat Architects.
The exact layout of the building has been planned out, but 65% of the design process is still left to complete.
More detailed planning will be going on over the next couple of months for the various pools, gymnasium, fitness center, racquetball courts and other recreational additions.
"We've done other centers on the Western Slope already and we see this as the most modern and coolest center that's going to be on the western side of Colorado," Musgrave said.
The design should be complete by December. Construction should begin early next year. The recreation center is expected to then be completed by late 2016.
Voters passed Measure B back in April to raise sales tax .3% to help fund the recreation center.