“First Look” at New Community Recreation Center

“First Look” at New Community Recreation Center
Posted on 04/12/2019
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On Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. community members were invited to get a “first look” at the permanent home for the Recreation and Community Services Center. According to Director, Shelly Strasser, the center at 2450 South 68th Street will be a combination of remodel and new construction. “This has been a work in progress for several years and the WAWM RCS Administrative team has been diligently working behind the scenes to make this a reality for the community.”

“Our new center will house registration services, department staff offices, and space for current and expanded programming. In addition, the center will include space for daytime programming for adults and seniors, preschool and early childhood programs, fitness classes, space for special events, community service programs, a gym and most exciting, an indoor walking track,” explains Strasser. “Outdoor plans will include an expanded parking lot and aesthetically pleasing landscape. Green space will be maintained on the site to the north of the current softball field location.” Current designs allow for future expansion as needed.

“Now that we’ve closed on the sale of 1135/1139/1205 South 70th Street and all adjacent parking properties,” said Superintendent, Dr. Marty Lexmond, "we are all very excited about this project.  It will be a great addition to our community.”

Over the past several years, the Recreation and Community Services Department has carefully allocated funds so that a new center for the community would become a reality. The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District Board of Education has approved $8 million for the project and costs related to the center will be fully covered by the balance in the department’s Fund 80 account.  

The balance in Fund 80 has been designated for this project and can only be used for services related to community recreation. “We are very excited that because the Recreation and Community Services Department has these funds allocated,” said Strasser, “there will be no impact on resident property taxes.”

The West Allis-West MIlwaukee School District Recreation and Community Services is working with CG Schmidt (Project Management) and Groth Design Group (Architects) to develop and implement this project. The construction is scheduled to begin in June and is expected to take approximately ten to twelve months.

“The center has been designed to meet the needs of our evolving and diverse community. We are anxious to start the project. We want everyone, young and old, to benefit from this project and to take advantage of all the programs we have to offer.”