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Broomfield’s New Community Center On Schedule

Aug 01, 2019 03:34PM

By Bette Erickson

The community spoke and Broomfield listened: Since September 2018, a full reconstruction of the Broomfield Community Center has been underway. The completion schedule for the new recreation center includes opening in phases with the south half of the facility, including administration offices, meeting rooms and Senior Services, opening in June 2020.  While demolition of the existing Senior Center and remaining site work is slated to be complete by fall 2020. 

At approximately 96,088-square feet, or some 10,000-square feet larger than the Paul Derda Recreation Center across town off of Lowell Blvd.; Broomfield City Council approved the $47.2-million dollar project at an August 2018 meeting.

History is sweet: Longtime community members may recall that the old Broomfield Community Center opened in 1974, followed by the on-site addition of the Senior Center in 1990 and was 37,348-square feet. While a rose by any other name (would still smell as sweet), most participants refer to the facility as the BCC, rather than calling it a senior center or recreation center.

Broomfield listens to its residents. Knowing that people are the most valuable asset of a community, the City and County sought out stakeholder comments when it came to planning the new community-recreation-senior center.

Some half dozen community forums soliciting resident input gleaned thousands of important and useful suggestions.

Building of the new center involved demolition of the northern portion of the existing facility and beginning construction of the new two-story community center while the senior services section of the facility stayed operational. Some programs required moving to the Paul Derda Recreation Center (PDRC) while other parts of the building are being constructed.

Involved stakeholders, architects and City and County staff found that while touring other recreation centers in the Denver metro-area, there are not that many dual community-senior services facilities to be found. Still, the dual-purpose model has shown itself to work well for the Broomfield community.

For that reason, like the PDRC and the BCC, the new facility is planned to be a truly multi-generational facility ranging from preschool programs through programs with an active aging focus – and seemingly everything conceivable in between.

Following is a proposed estimate of square footage for some of the programs that the new center will provide:

            •           18,000 sf Natatorium with a hot tub, cool temperature (80-81 ̊) lap pool; a warm pool (85 ̊) and a smaller therapy pool (about 88 ̊), popular for arthritis water aerobics

            •           15,000 sf basketball, pickle ball and volley ball courts

            •           5,000+ sf fitness studios

            •           3,700 sf locker rooms/cabanas

            •           8,000 sf community events space, incorporating enhancement of the Lakeshore Room (with its Brunner Reservoir view) and kitchen – important for preparing Broomfield’s Meals on Wheels and senior lunch program

            •           1,040 sf woodshop

            •           3,300 sf classroom space for KinderMusic, senior programs, preschool and staff meeting space

            •           927 sf (senior) Fireside Lounge

            •           5,000 sf administration and office areas