Elizabeth to ask voters in 2022 for rec center funding

Town envisions new facility to be built in Casey Jones Park

Chancy J. Gatlin-Anderson
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 10/1/21

The Town of Elizabeth could see the construction of an expansive recreation facility breaking ground at Casey Jones Park as early as fall 2022. In March 2020, the Elizabeth Park and Recreation …

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Elizabeth to ask voters in 2022 for rec center funding

Town envisions new facility to be built in Casey Jones Park

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The Town of Elizabeth could see the construction of an expansive recreation facility breaking ground at Casey Jones Park as early as fall 2022.

In March 2020, the Elizabeth Park and Recreation District purchased 93 acres of land within Casey Jones Park for a future Elizabeth Recreation Center. The proposed center would be built at the corner of Highway 96 and County Road 17 and would be a major focal point of the town.

Following the purchase, the Park and Recreation District assembled a committee of 13 interested citizens to come together and determine what the new facility should look like and what it should include.

According to the Elizabeth Park and Recreation District website, the committee conducted a community survey to gain input from residents and received over 950 responses, with over 95% of respondents expressing general support for a recreation center in Elizabeth.

The survey results, while not scientific, helped the committee prioritize desired program elements and provided valuable feedback from those supportive of the effort as well as those who may have concerns about the project. The committee has been asked to work within a $15 million construction budget.

From months of collaboration, the committee has determined that the focus of the recreation center should be aquatics with other connected areas for recreation. All aquatics would be indoors, making winter recreation possible for residents of Elizabeth.

The committee planned for a leisure children's pool with beach-style entry, a large lap pool for swimming lessons and fitness, water slides, hot tubs, and a lazy river that would weave throughout.

In addition to aquatics, the committee planned for a wood floor gymnasium for athletic programs and district events. There would also be a designated fitness area, an area for childcare, restrooms, locker rooms and party rooms.

The proposed plan is now in the hands of Denver-based architectural company Barker, Rinker, Seacat (BRS), which specializes in recreational facilities, and MIG Inc., which specializes in environmentally sustainable projects.

The completed design is slated to be finished in two to three months, with the Elizabeth Park and Recreation District Board assessing the design and committee recommendations soon after.

The board will then ask the voting public of Elizabeth for approval in May 2022. With the project still in the design phase, the Elizabeth Park and Recreation District Board is currently unsure of the tax implications for Elizabeth residents if the ballot question is approved.

When asked what he thought the benefit of a recreation center would bring to Elizabeth, Park and Recreation Executive Director Mike Barney said the facility would be a great addition to the town.

“I think it brings a number of things to the Town of Elizabeth. It provides increased recreational opportunities for the residents,” said Barney. “The new facility will also create a lot of jobs. It takes a lot to run a recreation center. It will also really help our local economy and local business.”

For more information on the recreation center as well as a countdown timer to the public vote, visit elizabethpr.com/rec-center-project.

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