GRAPEVINE — The city has taken the next step in giving the residents what they said they wanted in a 2012 bond election — a vastly upgraded multi-generational Community Activities Center.At a March 7 groundbreaking, city officials and others lauded the official kickoff to the expanded aquatics and recreation center.The quality of life project is expected to be completed and open by 2015.Improvements include increasing the center’s size by 60,000 square feet. Once complete, total footage will be approximately 108,000 square feet. Features include:Aquatics• Roughly 175,000 gallons of water will circulate for aquatics use inside the new indoor aquatics facility.• A large slide tower will offer two different ride experiences (starting indoors, sliding outdoors and landing in a run out near the base of the slide tower).• The kid’s zone will have a zero depth entry, a kid’s climbing and play feature and a wet play zone climbing area. • Lazy river lap lanes will aid in aquatics fitness and exercise, with an abundance of seating and lounge space throughout.• Men’s and women’s locker rooms and a family changing area are available for everyone, including those with a caregiver. Fitness • The fitness area will expand from 2,000 square feet to more than 7,000 square feet. • It will feature new, state-of-the-art equipment, multiple exercise rooms for fitness classes, private fitness assessment rooms, an updated elevated walking track, an indoor children’s themed playground, a dedicated childcare room and dedicated birthday party rental rooms. Center relocated for nowThe center has been closed for construction and a satellite location set up until renovations are complete. Programs, exercise equipment and staff operations are available at 1250 William D. Tate Avenue, Suite 100. Membership to the current activities center is open to all Grapevine residents and Grapevine business owners. City hopes for an expanded and improved activities center were realized on Nov. 6, 2012, when voters approved a general obligation bond issue for the proposed sale of nearly $70 million in bonds for a new public safety building and improvements to the Community Activities Center.Proposition No. 1 was for bonds to construct a 108,000-square-foot public safety building to house the city’s municipal court, police detention center, law enforcement facilities and fire headquarters. Proposition No. 2 was for bonds to add 60,000 square feet to the recreation center, as well as upgrade it. Plans were approved to move the Senior Activities Center there.
Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367 Twitter: @martysabota