Looking at a population that is younger than the national average, officials in the east central Colorado town of Fountain are thinking about building a new recreation center that would appeal especially to that demographic.
Town officials also note that Fountain’s population has nearly doubled since 2000, from 15,200 to more than 29,000, according to the most recent Census Bureau survey, increasing the need for such a facility.
Earlier this year, the Highlands Ranch-based recreational consulting firm Ballard King and Associates released a document called Feasibility Study for Regional Recreational Facility that noted that Fountain area residents were “overwhelmingly in favor of having a regional center.”
That regional center would serve both Fountain and the town of Security-Widefield seven miles to the north, the construction of which would most likely be a joint project between the two towns.
That would mean that any new recreation centers, which would include a gymnasium, swimming pool, and fitness space, among other amenities, would also be serving a cumulative population of more than 61,000 people.
It is thought that such a facility would cost at least $25 million to build.
Although no timeline or funding for the recreation center has been identified, it’s possible that the project may end up as a bond proposal sometime next year.
By Garry Boulard
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