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No dirt moved yet, but community center project is progressing

It will still be a while before any site work is visible for the new community center, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been some serious progress.

A few weeks ago, Mayor Ambrose Buckman, City Manager David Haugland and Parks and Recreation Director Katie Noyd accompanied Brian Garvey of SFS Architecture on a tour that included five different community centers in the metro area: the Gladstone facility, The Legacy in Lee’s Summit, The View at Grandview, the New Century Fieldhouse in Johnson County, Kan., and the new Olathe, Kan., center.

Haugland said the tours were informative both in the sense of the city officials were able to spot features they liked—and features they wanted to avoid. He also pointed out that at New Century, they got a good look at a MAC gym floor like the one that will be used here in Excelsior Springs, and at The View they were provided a kind of snapshot of “lessons learned” during the introduction of a new community center.

But the process was underway even prior to that. A design kick-off meeting was held June 4, after which proposals for survey work and geotechnical engineering were solicited.

To learn more about the community center’s progress, pick up the July 1 edition of The Standard.

By Eric Copeland •

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