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County plans rec center presentation

Pulaski County Board of Supervisors will hold a public comment period at its regular December meeting to gauge community interest in developing an indoor Wellness/Recreation Center in the former TMD Friction plant at Dublin.
The meeting will be held Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. in the County Administration Building on Third Street in Pulaski.
County Administrator Peter Huber said the board would like to know how much interest there is in the proposed center because it will have to be a membership driven facility.
He said the engineering department is working on developing costs for converting the plant into an “indoor wellness and multi-service center.” He hopes to have those estimates available by the meeting.
In the meantime, county staff has developed a Powerpoint presentation providing an overview of the Wellness/Recreation Center concept:
n How it fits in with the County Vision Statement;
n What features would be included in the facility;
n Why the TMD plant is being considered;
n Why should the county consider a wellness/recreation center “during seemingly tough economic times;”
n Ways to reduce purchasing, renovation and annual operating costs;
n A comparison of costs to neighboring centers;
n Annual projected revenues and operating budget; and
n Preliminary operating and construction costs.
Starting today, The Southwest Times will break down the issues contained in the Powerpoint presentation in a separate article in each of its next five issues.
How the center fits in with the County Vision Statement:
The Preamble to the County Vision Statement points out that “the vision for Pulaski County is that of a community where individuals are encouraged and given full opportunities to pursue their goals, having full opportunity to reach their desired potential through the availability of educational, employment and recreational opportunities.”
While the county already offers “a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities” and is a “regional hub” for summer recreation, the vision statement calls for the county to “compliment outdoor opportunities by providing an indoor fitness facility catering to the needs of all ages.”
The vision plan also calls for the county to grow and economic base “grounded in” research and high-tech manufacturing, effective education, expanded air, rail and highway capabilities, “bountiful recreation opportunities,” … and “a caring social services system focused on self sufficiency.”
To improve self sufficiency, the vision plan calls for the county to “expand mentorship opportunities supportive of the less fortunate including at risk youth, parents struggling with financial challenges and aging individuals dealing with health care issues.”
County staff contends the programs that would be offered at the center would help the county meet these vision goals.
Features that would be included in the facility:
According to the Powerpoint presentation, a wide variety of services to benefit residents of all ages could be offered at the center.
A senior adult activities center, which is a vital feature of centers in neighboring communities, would provide a location for senior adults to not only socialize, but also meet their recreational needs. The center would be “more inclusive for seniors throughout the entire county,” the report states.
An indoor walking/running track was the number one need listed in a county citizen survey conducted some time back. The TMD plant already offers a partial raised walking track in its warehouse area. Such tracks are main features of all neighboring centers, according to county staff.
Cardiovascular and aerobic rooms would provide locations for pilates, dance, gymnastics, yoga and other such classes to be held.
Besides indoor basketball, volleyball, racquetball and badminton courts, indoor baseball/softball batting cages and pitching areas also could be included.
The facility also would allow the county to open much-needed indoor soccer fields. The county’s outdoor soccer fields already are under great demand. The presentation points out that the TMD facility also would have enough acreage for additional outdoor soccer fields to be developed.
Indoor tennis courts would provide much-needed winter practice courts for Pulaski County High School teams.
Climbing and ropes courses would be beneficial to the public and area scouting organizations.
The presentation also points out that an indoor playground would be a “unique feature” that would be an “attractive draw” for families with small children and daycares “across the region.”
Plus, a proposed childcare room would allow parents to work out while their children are being supervised.
Other services that could be available through the center could include computer labs and educational centers, rooms that could be rented for social gatherings such as team banquets, parties and family functions.

There also would be room for future inclusion of a swimming/therapy pool and rental space for health and rehabilitation services.

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County plans rec center presentation

Pulaski County Board of Supervisors will hold a public comment period at its regular December meeting to gauge community interest in developing an indoor Wellness/Recreation Center in the former TMD Friction plant at Dublin.
The meeting will be held Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. in the County Administration Building on Third Street in Pulaski.
County Administrator Peter Huber said the board would like to know how much interest there is in the proposed center because it will have to be a membership driven facility.
He said the engineering department is working on developing costs for converting the plant into an “indoor wellness and multi-service center.” He hopes to have those estimates available by the meeting.
In the meantime, county staff has developed a Powerpoint presentation providing an overview of the Wellness/Recreation Center concept:
n How it fits in with the County Vision Statement;
n What features would be included in the facility;
n Why the TMD plant is being considered;
n Why should the county consider a wellness/recreation center “during seemingly tough economic times;”
n Ways to reduce purchasing, renovation and annual operating costs;
n A comparison of costs to neighboring centers;
n Annual projected revenues and operating budget; and
n Preliminary operating and construction costs.
Starting today, The Southwest Times will break down the issues contained in the Powerpoint presentation in a separate article in each of its next five issues.
How the center fits in with the County Vision Statement:
The Preamble to the County Vision Statement points out that “the vision for Pulaski County is that of a community where individuals are encouraged and given full opportunities to pursue their goals, having full opportunity to reach their desired potential through the availability of educational, employment and recreational opportunities.”
While the county already offers “a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities” and is a “regional hub” for summer recreation, the vision statement calls for the county to “compliment outdoor opportunities by providing an indoor fitness facility catering to the needs of all ages.”
The vision plan also calls for the county to grow and economic base “grounded in” research and high-tech manufacturing, effective education, expanded air, rail and highway capabilities, “bountiful recreation opportunities,” … and “a caring social services system focused on self sufficiency.”
To improve self sufficiency, the vision plan calls for the county to “expand mentorship opportunities supportive of the less fortunate including at risk youth, parents struggling with financial challenges and aging individuals dealing with health care issues.”
County staff contends the programs that would be offered at the center would help the county meet these vision goals.
Features that would be included in the facility:
According to the Powerpoint presentation, a wide variety of services to benefit residents of all ages could be offered at the center.
A senior adult activities center, which is a vital feature of centers in neighboring communities, would provide a location for senior adults to not only socialize, but also meet their recreational needs. The center would be “more inclusive for seniors throughout the entire county,” the report states.
An indoor walking/running track was the number one need listed in a county citizen survey conducted some time back. The TMD plant already offers a partial raised walking track in its warehouse area. Such tracks are main features of all neighboring centers, according to county staff.
Cardiovascular and aerobic rooms would provide locations for pilates, dance, gymnastics, yoga and other such classes to be held.
Besides indoor basketball, volleyball, racquetball and badminton courts, indoor baseball/softball batting cages and pitching areas also could be included.
The facility also would allow the county to open much-needed indoor soccer fields. The county’s outdoor soccer fields already are under great demand. The presentation points out that the TMD facility also would have enough acreage for additional outdoor soccer fields to be developed.
Indoor tennis courts would provide much-needed winter practice courts for Pulaski County High School teams.
Climbing and ropes courses would be beneficial to the public and area scouting organizations.
The presentation also points out that an indoor playground would be a “unique feature” that would be an “attractive draw” for families with small children and daycares “across the region.”
Plus, a proposed childcare room would allow parents to work out while their children are being supervised.
Other services that could be available through the center could include computer labs and educational centers, rooms that could be rented for social gatherings such as team banquets, parties and family functions.

There also would be room for future inclusion of a swimming/therapy pool and rental space for health and rehabilitation services.

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