At a July 24 preliminary meeting, Plano Parks and Recreation Director Robin Reeves informed the Plano City Council that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved project plans for much-anticipated expansions at the Plano Senior Recreation Center. The project will be ready to go to bid by mid-August.
“It’s been a long time coming, but I believe we’re at a point where there’s no more delays … and the project can move forward at the same kind of pace any project would move forward once it goes out to bid,” Reeves said.
This project had some unique challenges that most recreation center projects do not face. The center is located in Harrington Park, the majority of which is within the 100-year flood plain. The most functional plan for expansion of the building pushes it toward the creek; therefore, additional flood plain impacts had to be considered and plans for expansion had to be reviewed and approved by FEMA.
This $7.5 million expansion project was approved by voters in the 2009 bond election. During the recession that followed, many projects—including the Senior Recreation Center—were put on hold until the economy improved. In the past three years, Plano Parks and Recreation has been able to move forward with most of the remaining projects from that bond election (including the Senior Recreation Center expansion).
Completing these projects is important in supporting the recreational needs of Plano residents.
Additions and renovations to the Plano Senior Recreation Center include:
Built in 1997, the Plano Senior Recreation Center has become a popular meeting spot for many older adults within the community. The center offers a variety of classes and activities for the 50+ population, such as various health and wellness activities, fitness classes and personal development courses, as well as fine arts lessons, games, dancing, day trips and more.
The center is expected to remain open and operational during the renovations.