Results from an extensive recreation amenity needs assessment by GreenPlay, LLC, have guided the North Platte Area Wellness & Recreation Alliance task force in the proposed recreation center renovation and expansion project. The task force includes diverse community members, including city personnel, business owners, health and wellness professionals, parents and tourism representatives.
The GreenPlay assessment included a needs/wants analysis as well as an analysis of use of existing recreation amenities in North Platte. Top two priorities that surfaced from the GreenPlay study showed high public support for:
1. Sustaining and maintaining what we have
2. Recreation Center-renovations & expansion
Using the focus group and survey data from the GreenPlay study, the task force began working with a design firm (TSP, Inc.) to develop concepts of an expanded and remodeled facility as well as a new build, including estimates on cost, recommended features, programming and accessibility. It was important to compare both a new build as well as a remodel in order to determine the best option for North Platte.
The City of North Platte enlisted the services of Barker, Rinker, Seacat (BRS) to conduct a mechanical and structural assessment of the Recreation Center building. This study found the building to be structurally sound and in good condition for its age, although some significant repairs are needed to the mechanical system and pool area.