Q. Are alternative locations being considered for the Rec Center?
A. No. After much discussion and research, the current site was selected due to youth access, safety and the best use of resources by expanding the existing building.
Q. Who are the primary users of the facility?
A. The primary users are residents of North Platte. It may also be used by travelers who purchase a day pass, sports tournament participants and those living in North Platte temporarily.
Q. Does the design take into account new trends in wellness and fitness?
A. Yes. We have engaged with multiple recreation facility professionals on the concepts, features and design. The inclusion of pickleball and tennis courts and an outdoor classroom make the facility relevant to today’s expectations.
Q. Will there be 24-hour access?
A. The current design concept includes 24-hour access to portions of the fitness equipment.
Q. Will there be indoor practice fields?
A. The final concept is still being developed. However, a field turf area is included in the initial design.
Q. Have security features and measures been considered?
Yes, control points are planned, and security measures can be integrated to fine tune the security and set the tone for the culture of the facility.
Q. Will there be concessions and vending machines?
A. Yes, the concept includes concessions and vending options, much as we have in place today.
Q. Will the current parking lot be expanded?
A. Yes, the concept adds 35% more parking spaces, and further work is being done to advise on additional spaces.
Q. Will the baseball fields be relocated?
A. One T-ball field will be relocated and remain in Centennial Park.
Q. Do we know that a renovation and expansion of the existing building is less expensive than building new?
A. Yes, a new location requires land purchase, and infrastructure development/expansion adds unnecessary costs to the project. The existing building was deemed structurally sound by (BRS) an engineering firm, and offered the best use of resources.
Q. Will the proposed expanded facility accommodate for future growth of the community? Is there an opportunity to grow even more in the future if the need arises?
A. The current concept does take into account future growth of the community using projections from the Sports Facilities Advisory feasibility study. However, the current design concept does include the ability to expand if future growth surpasses projections.
Q. Will local contractors be utilized?
A. The project will be bid out much like other City of North Platte projects.
Q. How long will the renovations take?
A. The estimated timeframe for complete construction is 24 months.
Q. Will the Rec Center remain open during the remodel?
A. Yes. Portions of the facility will close due to safety and OSHA regulations. However, as much of the facility that can safely remain open will remain open during construction.
Q. Why are Cody Pool improvements a part of this project?
A. Cody Pool was built over 70 years ago, with the last significant renovations in the 1980s. Because it is owned and operated by the City Recreation Department, it has been included in the overall proposal.
Q. Can the outdoor pool be brought over to the Rec Center area?
A. It is important to our community to retain Cody Pool in its current location. Cody Park is a destination in our community and has the space for an enhanced swimming pool/water park.
Q. What improvements are planned for Cody Pool?
A. The pool will remain competition size for lap swimming. Additional improvements include a lazy river, splash pad, zero-depth entry, water play features for small children and water slides for multiple age groups.