Raymore opens Centerview community event space
RAYMORE, MO - With several hundred in attendance, the City of Raymore celebrated the official grand opening of Centerview, the city’s newest community event space.
The ribbon cutting and open house gave residents their first opportunity to see the new space at 227 Municipal Circle. It will also serve as the new administrative headquarters for the Raymore Parks & Recreation Department.
“This is more than just a new building for Raymore,” Mayor Kris Turnbow said. “Centerview is truly a community gathering space that everyone in the city can be proud of.”
Centerview offers flexible indoor and outdoor event spaces for groups of all sizes. The facility also has a catering kitchen and state-of-the-art sound and audio/visual equipment. Whether residents are hosting an event for 15 or 400, Centerview is quickly becoming the the popular destination. Parks & Recreation Director Nathan Musteen said his department was already receiving multiple inquiries for rental.
Even with all the amenities inside the buildings, the outdoor space hosts just as many.
At the ribbon cutting event Sharon Parys, chairwoman of the Raymore Arts Commission, introduced local artist Chet Redmon, who created a tree sculpture for Centerview, which is located just off the patio.
“The Tree,” made of stainless steel with copper fruit wind sculptures, represents the City’s growth and prosperity.
Mayor Kris Turnbow used the event to also thank Dan McGinn of Draw Architecture and Ralph Puente from Straub Construction, City Manager Jim Feuerborn and his staff, members of City Council and the residents of Raymore for their roles in making the Centerview project a reality.
“Even with all the individuals who had a hand in the physical creation of Centerview, there is one group who truly deserves the lion’s share of credit: our residents,” Turnbow said. “Our residents are the ones who showed up at the ballot box last year and overwhelmingly voted in support of this new community amenity. So, to each and every one of our residents, thank you.”
In April 2016, Raymore residents approved the no-tax increase bonds used to fund the Centerview project, allowing for the expansion of the facility.
Centerview is just one of many other bond projects that are bringing more than $10 million worth of improvements to the City’s streets and parks programs, including a new multi-purpose activity center and trail and parking lot improvements at Recreation Park; an amphitheater, parking expansion and ADA playground at Hawk Ridge Park; spray park, ice rink and playground at T.B. Hanna Station Park; and several street projects including the Kentucky Road Eastern Bypass, Johnston Drive Extension and Foxridge Drive Extension.
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