Here’s the good news: the Mountain View Community Center at Rengstorff Park will get a much-needed remodel starting later this month to expand and spruce up the aging facility.
But then there’s the bad news — those upgrades are expected to cost $23.5 million and will require the bustling community center to shut down for the next two years. The center is scheduled to close for construction starting on Saturday, Aug. 12.
Recreation Supervisor Kristine Crosby gave assurances the improvements would be worth the sacrifice. The community center was originally built in the 1960s and that age is showing, she said. The center lacks adequate space to meet the demand of all the classes, day camps and groups that want to use it, she said.
“We’ve already run out of space. If you come here in the evening, this place is packed,” she said. “Every room here is utilized, and we have to turn people away because there’s not enough space.”
For those reasons, the community center’s users will need to tough it out for next couple of years. Crosby said her team tried their best to relocate those groups to other public facilities. The Recreation Department’s customer services and front desk are being moved to the Senior Center just a short walk from the park. Meanwhile, preschool and day-care programs are being relocated to The View Teen Center on Escuela Avenue.
But some of the city’s recreation classes and activities will be reduced, Crosby warned. She said she expected space in many city classes and activities to be “about 5 to 10 percent” smaller due a lack of rooms.
When complete sometime in mid-2019, the new Rengstorff Park community center will have an additional…
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