The South Park Parks and Recreation District board of directors announced the kickoff of a series of community meetings, designed to gather residents input on the potential expansion of the South Park Recreation Center in Fairplay.

The current center, which sees visits from 1,500-2,200 community members every month, is in need of extensive upgrades.

In addition, the current facilities leave local residents with few options for community gatherings (such as business meetings, weddings, receptions and memorial services) and available square footage for activities and classes is currently maxed out.

Two Colorado-based companies, CSNA Architects and Bryan Construction, are serving in a pro bono capacity to advise on design and construction.

While designs for the potential expansion — which could include a new gymnasium, indoor walking track, climbing wall, technology center, commercial kitchen and additional class space — are being finalized, the board wants to hear from local citizens about what they would like to see in an improved recreation and community center.

“This popular regional resource is over capacity,” said Angela Kanack, SPPRD board president.

“Improving and sustaining our recreation center means more community options for family gatherings like weddings and receptions. Residents who need a gymnasium for winter activities won’t have to wait for time at the high school gym, which is almost always booked with school-related activities. We can expand class offerings so people don’t have to drive far and wide for exercise classes — currently we can only hold one at a time.” Kanack said.

Community question and answer sessions will be held at the following times and locations:

Alma Town Hall, Feb. 13, 6 p.m.

Fairplay Recreation Center, Feb. 15, 6 p.m.

Jefferson Community Building, Feb. 27, 6 p.m.

Hartsel Community Center, March 1, 6 p.m.

For more information, please visit southparkrec.org or contact Maggie Clark at 719-836-0747, or maggie@SouthParkRecreation.org.

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