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Raymore breaks ground on new activity center

Post Date:07/20/2017 8:38 a.m.

 

RAYMORE, MO - The City of Raymore and Raymore Parks & Recreation Department broke ground on July 18 for the new Raymore Activity Center at Recreation Park.

The 16,000 square-foot, multi-use gymnasium will offer a full basketball court, an indoor walking/running track, a kitchen for concessions and office space for staff, allowing for recreational activities year-round.

“Our parks programs continue to grow by leaps and bounds,” Parks & Recreation Board Chair William Manson said at the ceremony. “With the Raymore Activity Center, we expect even more residents will begin to discover the high-quality programming we offer year-round in our community.”

Mayor Kris Turnbow thanked everyone in attendance and recognized the planning efforts of the Parks & Recreation Board and residents who vote to approve the $6.75 million no-tax increase bond issue that is funding this new park amenity.

“We once again need to give the majority of the credit to our residents,” Mayor Turnbow said, thanking the residents of Raymore for making the facility possible by participating in civic surveys and Reimagine Raymore community conversations and for voting in support of expanding recreational opportunities.

Parks & Recreation Director Nathan Musteen and Public Works Director Mike Krass worked with SFS Architecture in the design of the activity center.

Westport Construction Co. of Clinton, Mo., will begin construction on the facility during the week of July 24, with completion expected in Summer 2018.

The Parks & Recreation Department has been challenged for a long time to find enough indoor space for its programs, currently using the limited space at the Park House at 909 S. Madison St. for classes and summer day camps. The addition of the Raymore Activity Center to Recreation Park will allow the department to expand its recreational sports programs, activities and camps to meet the needs of the growing Raymore community.

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Representatives from SFS Architecture and Westport Construction Co. break ground at the site of the Raymore Activity Center along with members of the Raymore Parks & Recreation Board, City Council and Mayor Kris Turnbow. Pictured left to right: Kerry Newman, SFS Architecture; John Hunter, Westport Construction; Parks & Recreation Board members Jim Heath, Michele Seimears, Steve Trautman, Jennifer Cipolla, William Manson, chair, and Bryan Harris; Mayor Turnbow and City Council members Joseph Burke, Reginald Townsend, Kevin Barber, John Berendzen and Derek Moorhead.

For more information on the Raymore Activity Center, visit www.raymore.com/rac.