An extensive community engagement process and market feasibility study helped guide the Town in developing a “program” for the community center, or, what features it would include to meet demand. The Town was met with certain constraints, most chiefly: space and budget considerations. The final proposal looks to incorporate as many features as possible to turn approximately 40,000 square feet into a multi-generational community center.
Indoor Walking Space
One of the most popular items that residents asked for was indoor walking space. The Town listened and explored the possibility of putting an elevated track around the gym. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough structural support to allow for this component without substantial vibrations resulting. The newest design includes a dedicated walking path throughout the Community Center corridors. And, for those nostalgic “Mall Walkers,” the owner of the former Mall (now Skyview on the Ridge) has agreed to provide access to the Mall corridor, so that residents can still enjoy the beautiful natural light during cold weather season.
The town intends to move its senior programming operation from the dated, small space at Pinegrove to much more enhanced and suitable space at the new community center. This will not only provide better space for the traditional senior center activities, but, allow our Department of Recreation to completely reimage the programming, both passive and active, the Town provides to residents at all ends of the aging spectrum.
Dance Studio/Group Exercise
This space will be outfitted with hard-wood floors and provide a host of various programming.