The Community Recreation Center project is the last major project to be completed from approved funds during a 2006 bond election passed by voters of Casa Grande. Since its approval, the City has completed its due diligence in the form of two feasibility studies, securing of a contractor and architect through a public Request for Qualifications process, and held more than ten (10) public outreach events and opportunities for input from residents.
On March 26, 2016, City Council approved and awarded a design contract to begin work on a programming plan and conceptual design for the facility. City staff worked with members of the architecture team and members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Casa Grande Valley to complete this process. On September 19, 2016, City Council accepted the proposed programming plan submitted by staff and directed them to proceed with schematic design.
The project is currently in this phase, in which the site plan and layout of the building is being finalized. The next phase will lead to highly detailed design drawings which will provide square footage estimates and a realistic look at what the facility would look like when constructed. This process is expected to be completed by the end of 2017, at which point it will be brought back to the City Council for final approval to begin construction.
Once approved by Council, the Community Recreation Center will take roughly 14-16 months to construct.
The site of the proposed Community Recreation Center is located on a piece of property that was donated to the city by the Gilbert Family for this specific purpose. It is located on the west side of Peart Road between Cottonwood Avenue and Kortsen Road.