Johnstown Community Recreation Center

Per the “Imagine Johnstown Action Plan 2008-2028,” conducted in 2009, the citizens of the Town of Johnstown indicated that the Town of Johnstown ‘have recreational opportunities for all ages’ and ‘coordinate work on a recreation center.’ Town Council subsequently listed the development of a community recreation center action plan as a future Council goal.

Upon deciding the Town was in the best financial situation to pursue the construction of a community recreation center, Town Council officially made it part of the 2015 Action Items (Goals) to develop a recreation center action plan.

During the April 18, 2016, Town Council meeting, Council voted and unanimously passed Resolution No. 2016-04, Expressing the Commitment of the Town of Johnstown to the Construction of a Community Recreation Center. Council anticipates a community recreation center will be constructed and open for public enjoyment as early as the end of 2018 or early 2019. Council also anticipates that the community recreation center will be constructed without raising taxes or issuing debt!

Resolution No. 2016-04 reads:

WHEREAS, the Town Council is firmly committed to the construction of a Community Recreation Center in the Town of Johnstown to promote and encourage healthy living and provide space for community events, festivities and socializing; and
WHEREAS, the Town Council recognizes and appreciates that the citizens of the Town of Johnstown similarly desire to have a Community Recreation Center; and
WHEREAS,
the Town Council is actively moving forward to accomplish the common goal; and
WHEREAS, the Town Council recently entered into an agreement with an experienced national consultant to conduct research and provide analysis regarding the Community Recreation Center and expects the results of the study by the Summer of 2016; and
WHEREAS, the Town staff recently toured existing recreation center facilities and met with representatives from such facilities to facilitate and advance the construction of the Community Recreation Center; and
WHEREAS, the Town Council is in the process of forming a working committee composed of Council Members, Town staff, citizens and recreation professionals to provide vision and input regarding the design, construction and operation of the Community Recreation Center; and
WHEREAS, based on the best available information, the Town Council anticipates that an architect will be retained during the next calendar year, contractors will thereafter be hired and the Community Recreation Center will be constructed and open for public enjoyment as early as the end of 2018 or early 2019; and
WHEREAS, the Town Council envisions that the Community Recreation Center will contain, among many other amenities, an indoor aquatics area with a family fun pool and lap lanes, a gymnasium, a weight room, a cardiovascular theater, designated space for fitness classes, multi-purpose event rooms and a concession area; and
WHEREAS, the Town Council intends to construct the Community Recreation Center WITHOUT RAISING TAXES OR ISSUING DEBT.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN, COLORADO, THAT the Town Council hereby supports and intends to undertake the requisite tasks to assure the construction of a Community Recreation Center in the Town of Johnstown in the near future.
PASSED, SIGNED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED this 18th day of April, 2016.

The following is a timeline showing actions taken by the Town Council related to the resolution.

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2016:

  • APRIL-JULY – PB&A conducted a feasibility study and a resident survey to determine potential operational partners and desired amenities in the recreation center.
  • SEPTEMBER 19 – Results were presented by PB&A President Phil Balducci at a special work session for Councilmembers and residents.
    • It was determined that the community recreation center will be approximately 50,000-60,000 square foot in size and to include a gymnasium, multi-purpose exercise rooms, multi-purpose meeting rooms, locker rooms, staff offices, and a pool on a 10-acre site with surface parking for 200 to 240 cars. Construction costs for the building and related site work are targeted at $19 million.
  • OCTOBER 4 – A Request for Qualifications was issued by the Town for an Operating Partner
  • OCTOBER 26 – A Request for Qualifications was issued by the Town for Architectural Services

2017:

  • Four qualified firms were interviewed in early January.
  • JANUARY 30 – Town Council unanimously selected architectural firm Sink Combs Dethlefs of Denver for design services for the Johnstown Community Recreation Center.
  • MARCH 20 – YMCA of Boulder Valley was selected as the Operating Partner for the Johnstown Community Recreation Center by a unanimous vote.
  • APRIL 17 – During a Town Council work session, Council agreed to have the architect firm Sink Combs Dethlefs conduct a site analysis of the following three properties as possible locations for the Johnstown Community Recreation Center:
    • Massey Location – Southeast corner of the intersection of Highway 60 and Colorado Blvd. (Weld County Road 13)
    • Mountain View Location – Across from the Library and Police Department at the corner of Parish and Molinar Street
    • Purvis Location – Across from the Massey property North of Highway 60 and East of Colorado Blvd.
  • MAY 1 – Town Council unanimously approved the professional services agreement with LaCouture, Inc. for owner’s representation services for the Johnstown Community Recreation Center.
  • MAY 15 – Sink Combs Dethlefs presented Council with a review of three possible locations for the Johnstown Community Recreation Center: 1.) Massey; 2.) Mountain View; and 3.) Purvis. Town Council unanimously voted to approve the Massey property as the location for the community recreation center.
  • MAY 31 – A Request for Proposals for a General Contractor/Construction Services was issued by the Town.
  • JUNE-JULY – Issues arise with Massey property site related to the timing of required infrastructure, and the nearby gas pipelines running beneath the site.
  • JULY 17 – Council unanimously approved an amendment to the contract the town has with Sink Combs Dethlefs regarding the building of the recreation center. With the Massey property still not site-ready and not looking to be so within the planned timeframe, an amendment was made that stopped Sink Combs Dethlefs from designing the center until the town is able to acquire ownership of the designated property and is assured the necessary funds for infrastructure.
  • AUGUST 7 – During the regularly scheduled Town Council meeting, Mayor James opened a public discussion regarding the need to consider a different site for the recreation center. The Massey property essentially became unusable as a site due to a high-pressure gas pipeline running beneath the property and the continued delaying of the timeline promised to the Town.
    • The idea of utilizing the land at the Clearview site, located at the southwest corner of Highway 60 and Colorado Blvd., was opened for discussion.
      1. It was discussed that the site, situated north of the existing neighborhood park, was originally available to the Re-5J School District for the use of an elementary school, but there is no interest by the district to use the property. The land is fully and readily owned by the Town, and it addresses all criteria needed for the construction of the recreation center: 10 acres with a moderate slope, accessible by roads that were sized to suit the traffic. The Architect and Town Engineer indicated that the location could work. Residents voiced concerns that revolved around a potential increase in crime and accidents due to increased traffic. Residents’ comments were heard, and questions and concerns were addressed by Town Council and Town staff.
    • After hearing public comments and having discussion among Council members, it was decided to wait until they receive the results of a preliminary traffic study before considering a site. Town Council anticipates making a site selection at the September 6, 2017, Town Council meeting.
  • SEPTEMBER 6 – During the regularly scheduled Town Council meeting, the owner of the Mountain View property, which was originally No. 2 on the Town's wish list behind Massey -- mainly because it does not have mountain views, announced that he would cut the price of the property to $1 million. After entertaining public comments and participating in discussion, Town Council unanimously voted to reconsider the selection of the Massey property as the site of the Johnstown Community Recreation Center and selected the Mountain View site, which is located across the street from Town Hall, the Police Department and Library. Town Council directed Town staff and the Town attorney to prepare the documentation necessary to effectuate the transfer of the property.
    • Councilmembers noted this location would serve as an economic stimulus, attracting people from all over Johnstown and other areas as well to the downtown area. They also noted that building the center at this site would create an outstanding civic center with the Town Hall, Police Department, Library and Community Recreation Center all within the same space.