What are some of the anticipated new programs that would be available with the Community Center?
Most of the Recreational District’s current programming is outdoor and sports-related. The Recreation District has very limited indoor space in which to offer year-round non-sports related programming. The new facility will accommodate year-round recreational programs in the following areas.
An indoor walking track.
The expanded aquatic center will include a warm water pool for aquatic-related exercise.
Arts: There will be a room dedicated to Arts and Crafts. Art classes from water color to oil painting, sketching, calligraphy and jewelry making are possible. The art room could accommodate other courses such as fly tying, photography and ceramics.
Fitness Programs: There will be an active room for dance, exercise, and martial arts – from ballroom and salsa to Jazzercise and Tai Chi.
Music: Two rooms will be designed to accommodate the rehearsal needs of local musical groups which include the Chamber Music Society, Chorale and Oratorio Society, Men and Women’s
Chorale, bell ringers, and other groups including performing arts groups who seek rehearsal space. Many young musical groups also need a place to practice music, from jazz to rock.
Continuing Education: All rooms will be multi-purpose and can be used as more traditional classrooms for continuing education on travel, history, cooking, home improvements, arts, and health.
For community members wanting more formal education these rooms can accommodate classes offered through Front Range or other community colleges. The Recreation District is partnering with the Estes Park Public Library to develop continuing education offerings.
These rooms will be free of charge to the community.
What happens if the bond issue does not pass?
The bond issue includes a number of proposed projects including construction of the new Community Center, infrastructure upgrades to the existing Aquatic Center, replacing four restrooms on the Lake Estes Trail with ADA compliant restrooms and replacing the irrigation system at the Lake Estes golf course.
Failure of the bond would mean that the District would be unable to provide year-round recreational activities for the community as well as make improvements to existing infrastructure noted above.
The other implication is that any of these projects would cost more if they were postponed to a later time. The average annual increase cost for construction is six percent annually. If for example, the Recreation District submitted the same projects to the voters again, these same projects would cost an additional $900,000.
What is the relationship between 4D and 4C in terms of voting?
Issue 4C is the mill levy for operational funds for the Recreation District and 4D is the bond to construct the Community Center and to make other capital improvements. The two measures are independent. Either or both could pass or either or both could fail. There is money in the mill levy (4C) for the operation of the Community Center. If the Community Center is not built due to failure of the bond (4D) the Recreation District will not implement that portion of the mill levy needed to operate the Community Center.