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Northglenn Civic Center project advancing

City updates residents on Recreation Center, bike plans

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A new Northglenn Civic Center complex could have two different swimming pools, more recreation and exercise space and an expanded performance area, city officials told a handful of residents Jan. 17.

“This is a preliminary concept plan of what could be in that space,” said Amanda Peterson, director of parks, recreation and culture said.

Peterson joined Ward 3 City Councilors Julie Duran Mullica and Marci Whitman and other city staff for a neighborhood meeting. The meeting, hosted by the two councilors, was created for Ward 3 residents but open to the public.

Peterson said the ongoing Civic Center Master Plan process continues next month with a three-hour open house for residents to come in and talk about the plan and make suggestions.

“We are still in the process,” she said. “Council has made no commitment and we still want to hear more for you. We had one series of open houses back in September. Now, we having another in February.”

That open house is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 13 in City Hall. The city will continue taking formal feedback Feb. 14-18. A City Council study session on the overall plan is scheduled for March 5. A council vote is tentatively scheduled for March 26. If councilors approve, a formal design process could take another year or longer.

Councilors adopted the civic center master plan last year for the current civic center area between Community Center Drive and Interstate 25 south of 120th Avenue and west of Webster Lake.

The current plan would replace the existing Northglenn Recreation Center, D.L. Parson’s Theater and City Hall and would be built on the southeast portion of the lot, east of the current City Hall and Police station and up to Interstate 25.

Police operations are scheduled to move to the new Justice Center later this year and the current City Hall would stay through construction of the new recreation center while the old recreation center would be opened for private development.

Overall, Peterson said the new construction would cost $40 million, including $13 million for site development and infrastructure work. The bulk of that would be paid with money from the city’s marijuana tax revenues and sales taxes.

“There is not a proposed new tax, there is not a proposed new funding source,” Peterson said. “It is all existing funding. And that figure is designed to include all hard and soft costs. We have added everything we have to operate the building and make it functional.”

Peterson said the city and a project advisory committee have been working to make sure the project does not lose any service Northglenn residents have grown accustomed to, including the theater and preschool programs and swimming and judo offerings.

But the new design should add a new therapy pool — featuring warmer water and different activities than a standard lap pool — more fitness, cardio and weight rooms, a walking track and senior citizen community rooms for meetings. An expanded theater will also include a smaller rehearsal area that will change how the performance area gets used.

“We don’t have rehearsal space now, so those rehearsals happen on the stage,” she said. “So that means you cannot have performances going on while it’s in use. It limits how the space can be programmed and used right now.”

Residents at the meeting also heard reports about economic development efforts around the city and efforts to make Northglenn more bicycle friendly. Senior Planner Ashley Kaade said a bicycling and pedestrian master plan is scheduled for a City Council vote in February.

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