Recreation building advances

And the Jefferson City Recreation Center idea moves on.

The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Committee on Tuesday accepted the recommendations of two advisory committees that it should hire an architect for the next step in the planning phase.

“We feel like all the background work we’ve done has led us to this point,” Director Bill Lockwood said after Tuesday’s 90-minute commission meeting. “Before we can make any further wise decisions, we need more input.

“And, hence, the need to get an architect involved in helping us identify more clearly what the size and the amenities for the building would be, and help us with cost estimates and so forth.”

Lockwood hopes to have a Request for Proposals completed next month, and have an architect hired by September.

Hiring an architect — to provide more information for a final decision, including costs and schematic design — was one of the recommendations made by Jefferson City’s consultant, Colorado-based Ballard*King and Associates, in a 135-page report.

But paying for the project is one of the issues that hasn’t been resolved, Lockwood noted.

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