Seventy years after the opening of Mooresville’s War Memorial Recreation Center, the town is looking for input on its vision for the complex’s replacement on the same site.
The Mooresville Parks and Recreation Department will hold an open house at the center on Thursday, April 4, from 6-8 p.m. to hear from citizens about what they’d like to see in a new rec center.
It was a similar process that led to the existing center, which opened in 1949 to “great fanfare” after community input sessions and a fundraising campaign complete with a parade, the town said in an announcement of the open house.
“It’s been said that the construction of the War Memorial Recreation Center marked the beginning of public recreation in Mooresville,” said Parks and Recreation Director Pam Reidy. “We want to continue that community spirit and provision of quality recreation services for Mooresville residents with a new facility and park space that welcomes everyone for another 70 years.”
The open house will begin with a presentation of new, large-scale recreation centers from around the country to demonstrate what could be possible for Mooresville, the town said in its announcement. Residents will then vote on what amenities they would like to see at the new complex.
Planning for the facility’s outdoor space and Phase II of Liberty Park improvements also will be discussed.
“Based on feedback from our strategic plan and what we’ve heard from other community conversations, we expect to hear many requests for an indoor aquatics center, more programming space for seniors, a quality fitness and weights center, an indoor playground and an indoor track,” Reidy said.
The town has hired architectural firm Barker Rinker Seacat from Denver, Colo., to lead the visioning project. Barker Rinker Seacat, which works mainly on community recreation and aquatic centers, has assisted more than 250 communities across the country in the planning process for public facilities, the town said.
“However the final plan looks, what’s important is that it is a beautiful, functional community space that is planned by the citizens and for the citizens,” said Reidy. “That’s why it’s so important for people to attend the community meeting to share their needs and desires.”
Want to go?
What: Public input session on new recreation center
When: Thursday, April 4, from 6-8 p.m.
Where: War Memorial Recreation Center, 220 N. Maple St.