Community Wellness and Recreation Center Project
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In recent years the citizens of our great community have been requesting an indoor pool/aquatics center be constructed to serve the residents of Park County. Based on this consistent feedback The City of Livingston along with our partners which include: Livingston Healthcare, Livingston Business Improvement District, Park County Government, Livingston School System, Park County Community Foundation and AMB West Philanthropies, have commissioned a Feasibility Study to determine whether or not a facility which includes Indoor Aquatics and other desired amenities would be sustainable in our community.
This study is being completed by BallardKing and Associates out of Denver, Colorado with preliminary architectural study being done by Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture also of Denver. These firms are recognized nationwide as leaders in facility planning. The initial phase of the project included a community wide survey conducted in April, 2019 with results presented in a community meeting in May, 2019. The survey results and feedback sessions have driven preliminary designs based on the features that the community has expressed they want included in a Wellness and Recreation Center. Not surprisingly, an Indoor Aquatics facility overwhelming is the most desired feature. Other features include a climbing wall, child care center, meeting spaces for small groups, larger community gathering space and a full size gymnasium. Several possible configurations are being looked at – all based on community input and the results of the study to determine fiscal viability and sustainability.
This project is still in the very preliminary planning stages. No final decisions have been made with regard to the Civic Center building itself, either to rehabilitate, demolish or something in between. The consultants are working diligently to provide the most cost effective options as well as protect the historic nature of the Civic Center. Any final decisions will be made with the full and inclusive participation of the community.
The planned site for the Community Wellness and Recreation Center is the current location of the Civic Center. While this site may present some challenges, there is no study that has declared the site unbuildable, which is evidenced by the Skatepark which was constructed last summer. Other locations were reviewed but it was determined that the existing site was the best choice because:
- The City already owned the land so that reduces project cost.
- The location is central to most of the schools in the community.
- The site is on the service line for Windrider giving broader access to those with transportation challenges.
- The site is within walking distance of our Downtown area which helps to promote downtown vitality and local businesses.
- The site has great access to outdoor amenities like the Bandshell, Yellowstone River and trails.
We anticipate the final feasibility study recommendations to be complete in late August or early September and we will have numerous more opportunities for community engagement and feedback about this proposed project as we continue these efforts into the Fall.