The City of Denver has issued a Request for Qualifications for the design of a long-anticipated recreation center on the southwest side of the city.
According to city documents, the 40,000 square foot Westwood Recreation Center will go up at a just under 3-acre site located at 4320 Morrison Road.
The center, designed to service the residents of the city’s mostly Hispanic and working class Westwood neighborhood, will include a gymnasium and fitness center, as well as indoor aquatics facilities and space for cardio activities and weights.
The facility will additionally house offices, several community meeting rooms, dressing rooms, and a full service kitchen.
Forecast to cost $37 million, construction of the center will be paid for out of the $937 million Elevate Denver general obligation bonds approved by city voters in 2017.
Last summer, Denver purchased the needed land for the project at a cost of $5.4 million.
At that time Mayor Michael Hancock characterized the purchase as delivering on a “promise we made to the Westwood residents with the Elevate Denver bonds to provide a new state-of-the-art recreation center right in the heart of their community.”
The design and community input process for the project will continue into next year, with construction expected to begin in 2022.
Submission deadline for the RFQ is October 8.
By Garry Boulard
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