Glenwood community center will close for a minor facelift
As Mike Cain steps away from a recently sodded plot of grass outside the Glenwood Springs Community Center, he tells of a recent vacation to visit his kids and grandkids in Washington state. “I was gone two weeks and the whole time all I worried about was the grass,” he joked. “We’ve got good people working for us, though.”As Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation facility maintenance supervisor, it’s his job to oversee improvements to the six-year-old facility. And in just a couple weeks, his baby – the community center – will undergo a minor facelift.The center will close its doors from Sept. 1 to Sept. 9 for yearly maintenance in the form of floor refinishing and thorough cleaning. The locker room, shower, gym and dance room floors will be refinished by various contractors.Community center patrons will notice the biggest difference in both the men’s and women’s locker rooms. The existing locker room floors will be ground down to the original concrete and then resealed.”We’ll put down this green, turquoise, Caribbean look, a clear, green-blue color,” Cain said.The tiles and grout that constitute the shower floor will undergo intense cleaning and refinishing, and will look like new by project’s end, said Cain.Community center goers will not receive a discount on their September membership fees.”A membership is a membership,” Parks and Recreation Director Tom Barnes said. “This is just programmed in – a shutdown for regularly scheduled maintenance.”Added Cain: “We’re doing this for the customers, for the public, for the community. This is a facility everyone takes pride in.”September’s maintenance will complement a few other big community center projects. By mid-fall, the parks and rec department hopes to have its tennis court and “tot lot” projects completed, along with a number of grounds projects.Construction should begin soon on the addition of a fourth tennis court, which will go up adjacent to the facility’s existing courts.The same goes for a play area geared toward sense-based learning. This “tot lot,” which will be constructed on open space on the center’s south side, will feature interactive elements such as garden panels, bird feeders, climbing boulders, a sand/water play area. All features are meant to stimulate creative thinking and initiate youngsters to the environment and the outdoors. A Greater Outdoors Colorado mini-grant is funding a big chunk of the “tot lot” project.”This is just phenomenal for kids in town,” Cain said.
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