Shovels hit the dirt on Tuesday to celebrate Raymore’s upcoming construction of the city’s new activity center.
Members of the Raymore City Council and Parks and Recreation board, along with Mayor Kris Turnbow, gathered for the groundbreaking event at Recreation Park. The city is partnering with SFS Architecture and Westport Construction for the multi-use gymnasium, which will cost more than $2.8 million. The team will begin construction the week of July 24 and should be finished by the summer of 2018.
The 16,000-square-foot activity center will feature a three-lane indoor walking and running track, a full basketball court, a kitchen for concessions and an office for staff members. The city hopes to use it for year-round sports programs through the Parks and Recreational Department and plans to rent it out for events when available.
“It’s just going to be a wonderful place for people to be involved in their community and for a whole family to participate in activities together,” said Melissa McGhee, the city’s communications specialist. “Adding this indoor recreational facility is going to be another added bonus to our great parks we have in Raymore.”
The Raymore Parks and Recreational Department surveyed the community in 2015 to see what they thought would make the city a more beautiful place to live. One of the priorities listed was an expansion of recreational activities.
In April 2016, Raymore voters approved a $6.75 million ballot measure to build the activity center, as well as several other new parks amenities throughout Raymore as part of a no-tax-increase bond issue. The parks department has already completed Centerview, a meeting space and event hall, as part of its community project.
Raymore had previously been using the Park House, a converted residential home, for rental usage and day camps. The city decided it needed a larger facility to support its growing population. The Raymore Activity Center will be built with the plan to expand it in the future.
“One of the complaints that we heard during the community conversations is that neighbors really don’t know neighbors very well,” Mayor Kris Turbow said.
“Maybe they’ll use some of our amenities that are growing and take that opportunity to invite neighbors, family and friends to meet in these, get to know one another, enjoy our community and see that Raymore really is a quality place to live.”