Hot Springs Community Rec Center planning moving forward

Posted on October 19, 2017

Paula Jensen
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SHCRI announces three options

HOT SPRINGS – Following a Community Engagement Gathering on Jan. 24, 2016, and after months of research and clarifying the need for a Recreation Center in Hot Springs, the Southern Hills Community Recreation Initiative (SHCRI) recently announced that they have three viable options, which were attained through public input.

Partnering with Southern Hills Economic Development Corporation (SHEDCO), a community ice-cream social was held last month on Sept. 24 to determine which option was best for Hot Springs.

The three options include:

1. Build onto the Mueller Center, which encompasses building a second gymnasium, walking track, an’ L’ shaped lap pool with diving boards. This would be a good fit, according to a press release from SHCRI, because of the amenities. For example the Mueller Center has a full kitchen, and meeting rooms. When the Mueller Center was built, there were plans for expansion which included a municipal swimming pool.

2. Stand-Alone, which has everything as No. 1 above, except it would be a stand-alone structure needing land and parking. Other key elements would be locker rooms, restrooms, conference rooms, kitchen facilities, and office space.

3. Add on to Evans Plunge, which would have everything as No. 2 above, except it would have a theater, an aerial track above the gym, ADA elevator used by the Rec Center and the Plunge. Aquatic Physical Therapy in the new building right off of the new ADA Ramp possibly increasing accessibility to the plunges healing water.

SHCRI, which sports a successful winter gymnastics program for younger children, combined forces with SHEDCO, which sponsors Dakota Resources Community Initiative Process with Kristi Wagner as the Facilitator.

“SHCRI and the Community Engagement process was a natural match, both processes brought plenty to the table,” said Wagner. “Hot Springs should be proud of these dedicated volunteers.”

Surveys for further input, are available now at Mornin’ Sunshine, the Hot Springs Library, Cascade Chiropractic, and from Oct. 20 to Nov. 3 at Shopko Hometown.

“It only takes a minute, thank you in advance,” said members of the SHCRI Board of Directors




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