What’s next for planned rec center?

November 14, 2012

County and YMCA officials could meet before Thanksgiving to begin mapping out a timeline for the new $10 million recreation center that voters approved last week.

“We have communicated with the Commissioners Court, and now we are in the process of setting up a time to meet to put together a timeline,” said Lisa Gossard, executive director of the YMCA of Hood County.

The county will own the building, but will be contracting with the Y to staff the facility and handle its day-to-day operations.

The Y was the only entity that submitted a proposal when the county opened up the bidding process in the event that the bond measure was passed.

The measure passed with a healthy 58 percent of the vote.

City and county offices were closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day. However, County Judge Darrell Cockerham was reached on his cell phone and asked about the next steps for making the rec center a reality.

Like Gossard, Cockerham said that the first step now is to get everybody together.

Cockerham said that the Commissioners Court has preliminarily selected a Fort Worth architect, but the architect needs to be hired by a vote of the court.

“We’ll have to make it official,” the judge said.

Cockerham said it is likely that the facility will look just like, or much like, the renderings that have been published by the Hood County News.

The center will have an outdoor recreational pool, as well as an indoor pool where swim practices and swim meets will be held. There will be workout areas and rooms for exercise classes or other classes, an indoor gymnasium and a child care area.

Cockerham said that the Granbury Independent School District will likely soon go through the formality of donating property on James Road across from Acton Middle School to the Hood County Development District 1. It is part of the partnership process that is enabling the county to save money on land for a facility that will benefit the school district’s students.

Though Cockerham said he has heard from some citizens who are unhappy that the proposal passed, Gossard said that others were so excited over the votes on Tuesday of last week that they “would have been out with shovels on the property on Wednesday.”

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