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Grapevine’s The REC center opens with fanfare

Hannah Kelley is suprised by the water that falls on her as she wades in the pool of the new aquatic center during the opening of The REC of Grapevine,
Hannah Kelley is suprised by the water that falls on her as she wades in the pool of the new aquatic center during the opening of The REC of Grapevine, Special to the Star-Telegram

On Nov. 6, 2012, voters approved a general obligation bond issue for the proposed sale of almost $70 million in bonds for two projects — construction of a public safety building that is underway and an expanded community recreation center scheduled to open this spring.

The vastly upgraded multi-generational recreation center was named by the City Council The REC of Grapevine — for recreation, education and community. The former Community Activities Center will increase in size from 48,000 square feet to 108,000 square feet.

On Saturday, the quality of life project held its grand opening.

“I thinks it’s a great facility that benefits all the citizens of Grapevine and allows everybody old, young and in between to interact with, learn from and enjoy each other,” said Mayor Pro Tem C. Shane Wilbanks, who is the city liaison to the city’s Parks & Recreation Department.

Wilbanks said the size won’t be that grandiose for a city of about 50,000. But he said what’s inside those walls is “state of the art.”

The REC became part of the city’s future when voters gave the OK in 2012 to Proposition No. 2 for bonds to add 60,000 square feet to the longtime Community Activities Center.

It includes a senior center, indoor pool, multipurpose rooms, game room, lockers, meeting rooms and other amenities.

The impressive activities center is something Mayor William D. Tate has been a huge fan of since Day One.

Promoters said they wanted to create a “wow factor” for Grapevine.

“We wanted a wow factor not just in terms of the amenities but of the visuals,” City Councilwoman Sharron Spencer said. “We have great visuals. They have a great impact. The colors are so happy.”

Spencer said community center will “make people feels good and make them want to come and it will foster a healthier lifestyle.”

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367

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