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Community Center: rehab or replace?

Original post made on Apr 25, 2012

Citing tight finances and the virtues of recycling, on Tuesday City Council members expressed interest in renovating the city's 1960s-era Community Center instead of building a new one.

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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Apr 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Replace the pool with a year long swim center, build a childern pool with a water park theme, doesn't have to be a full water park, just some design elements. Skate park, this can be piece meal, maybe build a skate store so the money from the rent can be used to maintain improvements. The C.C. build is a bigger undertaking, it is old and tired, it was build in another century, we haved a city of over 70,000 people. Build one with meeting space, classrooms, a small performing art for small plays, childern theatre, movie showing, and other small events with a outdoor bowl for the same kinda of events. Have a plaza with shade and space for art shows and tables for gameplaying, see about a coffee bar that would see ice cream. Build a real nice playground, people would want to bring their kids to the park. Update the tennis center, put in a locker room, tennis club house. Start the "R" Park Friends to raise money and get companies and businesses involved.


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Posted by NeHi
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Hmmm, I'm old & tired and built in another century.

Our neighborhood is almost 60 years old and for the most part is very nice looking. The reason is upgrading and rebuilding.


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Posted by Martin Omander
a resident of Rex Manor
on Apr 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Let's save money and refurbish the existing building. Little things, like the small pavilion mentioned above could make the existing building really nice. If it's not about to fall down, I don't see why we should spend money tearing it down and building a new one. Sure, a brand new building would be nice, but so would many other things.

I agree with Bryant about not adding more parking. We should encourage other modes of transportation and we should be careful about adding structures that we have to maintain for many years to come.


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Posted by George
a resident of Rex Manor
on Apr 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm

53 million, or double that ?? What are the council members thinking.

Unless the current buildings are somehow unsafe for possible earthquakes, leave them alone.. Jeeze... paint and patch up is all that is needed... at least til the City is out of this financial slump we are in.

I can't believe that they are even considering spending those kinds of dollars.. And they cry poor mouth for hiring more cops. Where are the priorities here... Let's save some moneys.... We don't have to continue the Obama way of life... spend spend spend.

Bye George


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Posted by Ann Schneider
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm


As a former competitive swimmer, if the pool is rebuilt, it should be a 50 meter pool so our swimmers young and old can train for long course (the size used for Olympics, Pan American games etc.) I love Eagle pool and the feel of the walls at Rengstorff are well kink of creepy. As a professional in the zero waste field I can see building a new pool. Might even make it so water polo can be set up during short course season.

Years ago, when the city built Klein Park, they put in a basket ball hoop in the round. End result they created a huge noise and (at times a huge loitering, littering and urinating problem at Klein and for all of us living at Oaktree Commons. Oaktree Commons went to the city to ask for help, with one of our solutions the need to build more basketball courts at Rengstorff as clearly there is a need and desire. The city chose to put in that metal fence along Oaktree Dr. I guess they thought a wrought iron fence would stop the noise... now that Rengstorff plan is being considered AND since our population has grown I hope that more basketball courts are built and that they are built away from the neighboring homes. Bouncing balls make noise but so do players who can get a bit noisy as they enjoy themselves.

Please use this remodel as a chance to fix the wrongs the city committed in building Klein Park back in 1990. Consider though that bathrooms are very necessary if you build places for people to gather so you need them near the basketball courts. It will be nice in the future to walk in Klein Park and not smell human urine.


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Posted by Otto Maddox
a resident of Monta Loma
on Apr 26, 2012 at 7:10 am

I am so sick of people saying "that build is old, let's throw it away."

I live in a house built in 1954. It is still in the same configuration as the day it was built. It has had a few cosmetic changes (painted, crown moulding, changed the flooring..) but it's not like I am going to tear down my house and start over just because it "was built in another century". That's just silly.

I grew up in this neighborhood. I live within walking distance of Rengstorff Park. My kids love it, as-is. The pool is fine just the way it is. How about having it open more? When I was a kid I used to live at that pool in the summer. Now it's only open for a few hours a day in the summer.

As far as the community center. I can't say I've really seen it packed so full of people that we need to expand it. There is an existing stage that I have only seen used maybe 10 times in the 40 years I've lived here. My kids have taken a few classes there. The rooms do exactly what they are supposed to do.

Let's save the money.


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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Apr 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Cuesta area has been always pretty much kept up, the people there have taken pride in their homes. A 60 year old home might have been updated a few times, sinks, kitchen carpets and etc. This building was built in the 60's, might work but lets open the walls and see what we find, see what it will cost, to remodel vs to replace. We are only looking, it would be nice to see what options lay ahead in the future. On building design, we don't need to build a big major palace, a building that has restrooms, space for meetings and classes, kitchen, if you build right next to the pool, you can cover the roof in solar panels, don't need such a huge parking lot. Cuesta Park was to have a pool, conmmuntiy and rec center. Part of the Annex was supposed to be a branch Library. When is the south of ECR are to get upgrades


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