Thursday, September 8, 2011

County Board to Build $45 million Multipurpose Activity Center Next to Aquatic Center

Hello, Yupette,

Talk here at PRCR is that the County Board gave Parks and Recreation the go-ahead to build a 90,000 square foot (2 acres of floorspace) multipurpose activity center next to the Aquatic Center.

As presently planned, the building would contain basketball courts, squash courts, racquetball courts, a free weight room, a Nautilus room, exercise rooms, yoga rooms, saunas, and so on. Plans are still being discussed with the County Board. Mr. Tejada wants the building to be considerably larger to allow indoor soccer, and he's making promises to the Latino community that they will be able to play soccer year-around if he's re-elected.

The projected cost of a 90,000 square foot activity center is about $45 million. The Aquatic Center will cost another $50-55 million. About $35 million from the 2004 bond issue has already been spent on Longbridge Park. So figure $130 million or so for everything. And add another $20 million if Mr. Tejada gets his way.

This will be discussed with the County Board at a CIP meeting after November 8th, so nothing is final.

Parks and Rec Dude

18 Comments:

At 08 September, 2011 , Anonymous No Mas Nada Tejada said...

Nada Tejada...futbol, fulbol, futbol, nada mas.

 
At 08 September, 2011 , Anonymous L O L said...

What the hell, why not another $20 million and build an indoor velodrome for the Lance Armstrong wannabees who Jay Fisette caters to.

 
At 08 September, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this, and the County doesn't have enough field space or playable fields. Go figure.

 
At 08 September, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Know who will benefit from this multipurpose activity center? Same group that benefits from Barcroft Sports Center, Fairlington Community Center, etc. People who are not Arlington residents.

 
At 08 September, 2011 , Anonymous 2100 said...

Nothing is final is about right. Tejada and Fisette want a combination sports arena, activity areas, and field house at a cost of $100 million.

 
At 08 September, 2011 , Anonymous fairgrrl said...

Fairlington's community center was renovated several years ago. There are about 9,000 Fairlington residents and another 5,000 who live in adjacent condo and apartment communities. So guess where most of the people who use 'our' community center come from? Alexandria.

 
At 08 September, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fairgrrl, wait about 4 years and see who's using the new Wakefield sports, recreation, entertainment, and community center a few blocks from Fairlington.

 
At 08 September, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bet a donut that 300 of the 1700 kids who will attend Wakefield in 2015 will not be legal residents of Arlington County.

 
At 08 September, 2011 , Anonymous Peter said...

No more excuses for not voting for Audrey Clement on November 8th.

 
At 08 September, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fisette and Tejada? Be prepared for a state of the art indoor soccer field ringed by a state of the art bicycle track.

 
At 09 September, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If sewing were a sport this luxury recreation center would have state-of-the-art sewing activity rooms.

 
At 09 September, 2011 , Anonymous PTA Parent said...

In the event parents haven't yet figured it out, the news from Quincy Street is the school system will NOT build permanent classrooms but will opt for trailers.

 
At 09 September, 2011 , Anonymous Actavist said...

Best estimate of the number of kids currently enrolled in Arlington schools who are not legally Arlington residents is about 800. Eight hundred times $20,000 equals $16 million per year.

 
At 09 September, 2011 , Anonymous Campbell School Parent said...

Sixteen million a year. Chump change to the County Board and School Board who have allowed this illegal activity to go on for decades. We're the chumps who pay for it.

 
At 09 September, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arlington County Government is a huge bubble of waste and excessive spending, fueled by tax dollars derived from totally urbanizing the County. Hundreds of County employees do little or nothing. Hundreds of programs are ineffective. Hundreds more, like recreation end entertainment, are blatant vote buying using tax dollars.

 
At 09 September, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Arlington government is a bloated poorly-performing bureaucracy and most of the non-profits that the County hires for social services etc. are expensive and inefficient.

All these people are scared to death of losing their jobs and will continue to support the status quo no matter how wasteful and inefficient that may be.

 
At 09 September, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Want to know what this is? Another big corporate welfare give-away to the REITs who are redeveloping Crystal City. They've already invested zero in Crystal City infrastructure. They don't pay taxes, the people and organizations who occupy their buildings do that. They don't even pay for the infrastructure associated with their properties, Arlington taxpayers do that.

 
At 09 September, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

REITs pay little or nothing in taxes. They also don't contribute unless there is something in it for them.

 

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