Officials seek input for Rifle community center |

Officials seek input for Rifle community center

JOHN GARDNERGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE – The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) believes that Rifle is in need of a community center. However, officials want to hear from other residents about whether they would like to have one, and also what they would like to see included in the center.”All indications so far is that the community wants a recreation center,” said EDC president Kris Daler. “We want to be able to give them something that Rifle can be proud of.” Daler said she is hoping to have a good turnout at the community meeting on Thursday at the Learning Opportunity Center in Rifle.”Until we hear from the community, it’s impossible to know if we are on the right track or not,” Daler said. “This is the community’s opportunity to give us their feedback on what they want included at the facility.”Currently, other than preliminary planning, nothing has been decided except that a community center is a good idea for Rifle, Daler said.The EDC is managing the feasibility study project and is working with the City of Rifle, Grand River Hospital District (GRHD) and Rifle Area Industrial Development (RAID), which all contributed funding to hire outside consultants to develop the study.Funding to pay for the construction, operations and maintenance of the facility will be the next step after Thursday’s meeting, Daler said. “Asking how you are going to pay for something before you know what you are paying for is like putting the cart before the horse,” Daler said. Wisconsin-based Vandewalle and Associates is overseeing the overall project, Daler said. Vandewalle has already held discussions with the Garfield School District Re-2, city planners and other community organizations like GRHD, but now want residents’ input, because they will also be using the facility.Daler said early discussions of what to include at the facility yielded ideas of meeting rooms and retail potential, in addition to recreational use.”We want this to be more than just a recreational center,” Daler said. “We want this to be a place where people go to enjoy their community.”The EDC has been discussing the need for a community center for about six months, Daler said. However, she had no indication of when construction for the project could begin. She is hopeful that a preliminary plan will be drawn up by October or early November.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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