ADULT RECREATION CENTER
The City Council and Redevelopment Agency will hold a joint meeting to consider appropriating $2 million to cover the funding gap for the proposed Adult Recreation Center, which would include the demolition of the existing tennis courts on Louise Street in Central Park.
In a similar joint meeting on Aug. 12, City Council members, who also make up the Redevelopment Agency, voted to maintain the size and scope of the proposed project — which overall stands at 19,000 square feet — and bridge the $2-million funding gap using funds reserved for capital improvement projects.
The new facility would replace the aging Adult Recreation Center building at Central Park, but opponents have long protested its planned location, which would require the removal of the four tennis courts. An environmental mitigation requirement for the project calls for two replacement courts to be built elsewhere.
City officials are scheduled to bring back a proposal to build the courts, in various alternative configurations, at Fremont Park about one mile from the Central Park location.
Tennis players have blasted the proposed footprint of the new recreation center as an unnecessary trumping of community recreation.
But there has been no public political will on the City Council to reverse course on plans that have been more than a decade in the making, and that city officials are already soliciting construction bids for.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Proponents of the current tennis courts will likely protest the allocation, which would essentially seal the project’s fate. The City Council, given its direction Aug. 12 to maintain the current scope of the project and bridge the funding gap, is expected to approve the final allocation.