Aspen Recreation Center expansion likely to be put on hold |

Aspen Recreation Center expansion likely to be put on hold

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Plans to expand the Aspen Recreation Center will likely be put on the back burner due to funding and other constraints, according to city officials. The City Council will discuss the possible $3 million-plus expansion at a work session Tuesday night.

“We have looked at adding 5,500 square feet to the ARC to expand the fitness center,” said ARC Director Tim Anderson, adding that the new area could be located above the recreational pool. “We wanted to see if structurally the expansion could work and to look for any ‘fatal flaws’ in completing an expansion. What we found is that there are none, other than the absence of funding.”

The ARC Citizen Advisory Committee asked City Council members during their 2009 budget meetings to consider an expansion, which city staffers explored.

While an expansion is feasible, there is no intention to move forward with the project in the near future due to funding issues; plus, existing covenants don’t allow changes to the original ARC building footprint until 2013.

“Users still are asking for a better fitness center, and council is listening to that desire and doing some preliminary research on the possibility of creating something truly fitting for the space that meets our customers’ expectations,” Anderson said.