While progress is being made on the recreational center under construction in Eureka, proposed usage prices for facility—now being called The Timbers—were unveiled at the Eureka Town Hall meeting Thursday night.
Eureka Mayor Kevin Coffey told town hall attendees the recreational center was still on scheduled to open by mid-July. He said the planned prices for The Timbers' family rate are half of what the family rate costs at the Wildwood Family YMCA.
Some residents wish an indoor pool that could be used year-round was part of the amenities of the new rec center, but city officials said the costs involved didn't allow for it until perhaps the future: No Indoor Pool at Eureka Recreation Center Has Some Not Splashing for Joy
Coffey said an indoor pool could be a part of an expansion as the area grows in population and the center is successful. "We can add an indoor pool if we feel it's viable."
Another component that residents are asking about is an indoor trail. Coffey said they instead opted to build an over-sized gym, which can accommodate two volleyball or basketball courts at the same time. He said outdoor trails are in the works.
Missy Bundren, director of the Eureka Parks and Recreation Department, said staffers had analyzed the membership fees of many neighboring rec centers before recommending a cost structure for The Timbers. She said the suggested prices definitely are competitive.RESIDENTS NON-RESIDENTS
Annually Monthly Annually Monthly Adult $350 $30 $450 $37.50 Family $550 $46 $750 $62.50 Senior $250 $21 $350 $30 Senior Couple $450 $37.50 $650 $55
A daily fee also will be offered: adult residents $7; youth residents $6; and senior residents $5. The daily fee for non-residents will be adult $9; youth $8; and senior $7.
A 20-visit pass will be available, too: adult residents $100; youth residents $85; senior residents $75. The same pass for non-residents will be adult $125; youth $95; and senior $85.
Annual corporate memberships will be $400 to an adult or $650 for a family. The monthly corporate fee will be $34 for an adult and $55 for a family.
Coffey said bids are currently out for pool management services. "Once we know which winning service has received the bid, anyone interested in being a life guard can apply directly to that company."
He also said city officials made it clear they prefer local hiring.
Coffey said the Eureka Community Center will remain open after The Timbers opens, especially to host more rigorous events such as Pine Wood Derbys, and will be available to rent.