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Site work could begin next week on community and recreation center on community

September 09, 2005|by CANDICE BOSLEY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Provided the county engineer approves the contract, site work on a community and recreation center in Jefferson County could begin next week, officials with Jefferson County Parks and Recreation said Thursday.

Pending a recommendation from the county engineer, the Jefferson County Commission approved a $515,000 contract for Snyder Environmental to perform site work for the 16,940-square-foot center, to be built at Sam Michaels Park.

Tim Barr, director of Parks and Recreation, said Snyder Environmental's bid - the only one received - originally was for $900,000, but was reduced to $515,000 after two days of negotiation.

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Some work, including trenching, will be done in-house, Barr said.

Impact fees will be used to pay for that in-house work, Bill Hoak, chairman of Parks and Recreation's board, said.

"We'll see," County Commissioner Rusty Morgan replied.

The center is expected to cost about $2.2 million, officials have said. Next week, the cost of the building itself should be known, Barr said.

Because of inadequate space, children are being turned away from some popular programs, Parks and Recreation officials have said.

Classes to be offered could include gymnastics, arts and crafts, dance, fitness, cooking, sports camps, art camps, indoor soccer leagues, wrestling camps and others.

The center would include a gymnasium with bleacher seating, an arts and crafts classroom, office space, storage areas and a kitchen that could be used to cater large events.

A second floor would include an unfinished area for future uses, such as a weight room and personal fitness area, according to a proposal for the project presented to the county commissioners last year.

With the center, parks officials predict they could increase their number of programs from 142 to 700.

The center is being modeled after the Berkeley 2000 recreation center built next to Lambert Park in Martinsburg, which generated $130,000 in revenue in fiscal year 2002-03, parks officials have said.

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