Archive for Thursday, September 29, 2011

City to close South Park Recreation Center; administrative offices of Parks and Recreation to occupy space

September 29, 2011, 12:13 p.m. Updated September 30, 2011, 1:10 a.m.

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Say goodbye to the South Park Recreation Center.

The center at 1141 Mass. closed at 5 p.m. Thursday. When it reopens late next spring, the building won’t function as a recreation center; rather, it will serve as the new administrative offices for the Parks and Recreation Department.

City officials earlier this year decided to move the Parks and Recreation offices into the South Park center in an effort to save money. Currently, the city leases office space at 10th and New Hampshire streets — above PepperJax Grill restaurant — for Parks and Recreation.

“It is expected to result in a significant savings,” said Megan Gilliland, communications manager for the city.

Gilliland said the office renovation work is expected to cost about $80,000. But she said the city currently pays $173,000 a year to lease the office space at 10th and New Hampshire streets.

The project represents the latest change for the building, which is on the west side of South Park. The building was built in 1963, and originally was designed to be a youth center, said Fred DeVictor, the former director of parks and recreation for the center. That’s why the center never has had a gymnasium, weight room or other amenities typical of a recreation center.

The center has housed several classes and served as a meeting room facility. Gilliland said the city has found alternate spaces for all classes and events. The two employees at the South Park Center will be transferred to the Community Building, 115 W. 11th.

Comments

kansasredlegs 3 years, 6 months ago

Wasn't the lease payment approximately $100K per year and located in that TIF District Corliss said just didn't turn out the way we'd hoped? This move might save $1.1M minus move/remodel costs over the next 11 years remaining for the TIF, but taxpayer still on the hook for the $9M - $11M remainder debt unless it starts to pan out, right Mr. Corliss?

homechanger 3 years, 6 months ago

Who was the developer of the project? Martin somebody. As I recall they made out like bandits.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

It was very nice to have restrooms available in the park.

Now, people at the park will have to make other plans. Is there some new shrubbery being planted for this purpose?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 6 months ago

There are other restrooms in the park, right next to the wading pool-- but I don't think they're open during winter.

Wayne Propst 3 years, 6 months ago

How nice ....great location, close to resturants etc. but what about parking? Later wonder why the kids complain " there"s no where to go.....what a foolish self serving move......

Kookamooka 3 years, 6 months ago

Wouldn't it be cool if the reno plans included a new wing of bathrooms? Appropriate potty places are the key to a civilized society.

George_Braziller 3 years, 6 months ago

They were actually spending $173,000 a year to rent office space? That's more than $14,000 a month.

We spent $1.6 million to buy four acres of land and construct a new office building for 35 employees and the monthly mortgage was less than that.

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