South Burlington city manager defends moving ahead with new rec center


We have updated information about the indoor recreation center on the drawing board in South Burlington.

As we reported Monday, city staff has received numerous bids in response to a request for proposal and is preparing a recommendation to the Recreation & Parks Committee.

In March, South Burlington voters rejected a proposed local option tax increase for future construction projects, including the rec center.

City Manager Kevin Dorn said that vote does not preclude the city moving forward on specific projects. The funding voters rejected, he said, “might have included (the rec center) but others as well.

Dorn said other potential projects include a creative arts center and a proposed bike and pedestrian facility across I-89. The city has another project in the works, Dorn said, but he declined to provide details.

He said the contract bids for the rec center “are consistent with the program needs we have been working on for several years.

“At this point we are just in early design phase,” he said. “Any decision on whether or not to take the question of financing such a facility to the Council and then the voters is some ways off.”

Recreation and Parks Director Holly Rees said the project addresses what the committee identified as its greatest needs, including indoor basketball courts, track and turf practice field.

The Recreation & Parks Committee is scheduled to meet for a public hearing August 12.

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