The District joined with the City of Cedar Rapids to break ground on the Northwest Recreation Center today at Harrison Elementary School, 1310 11th Street NW. The ceremony marked the beginning of construction on the center anticipated to open in July 2016.
The new recreation center is the first municipal building built specifically for recreational programming in Cedar Rapids. It replaces the Time Check Recreation Center that served as a neighborhood center for the northwest area in addition to providing Parks and Recreation Department programs for the entire city. The new building will be 16,000 square feet and include a full-size gymnasium, activity room, game room and multi-purpose room with dividers.
“The Cedar Rapids Community School District is very pleased to have the opportunity to work in partnership with the City on this important flood-recovery project,” noted Dr. Brad Buck, Superintendent of the Cedar Rapids Schools. “It’s exciting that the new recreation center will provide program space for Harrison Elementary School students as well as Parks and Recreation Department patrons.”
The City and the District have a shared-use agreement that allows students at Harrison to use the gymnasium during the school day. A private entrance has been included to separate students from the general population using other parts of the recreation center. In exchange, the Parks and Recreation Department will have access to portions of Harrison School during the evenings and weekends for recreation programs.
Click here for video of the groundbreaking.