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The community center is going up in Lions Park.

Community center taking shape
By Chris Strunk
Last Updated: October 05, 2017

The Community Center & Library's bones are showing.

The new facility being constructed in Lions Park is taking shape, with the steel beams and metal studs of the exterior walls going up during the past couple of weeks.

The $2.2 million center will house the library, the senior club and public meeting and gathering space. It is expected to open by next summer.

As construction on the building and a drainage project in the area continues, the Valley Center City Council began discussing Oct. 3 the possibility of building a new pavilion in Lions Park.

Though most council members were against spending what was estimated to be more than $300,000 on a pavilion, Ben Anderson's idea to seek out community partnerships to have one constructed seemed to gain some traction.

City Administrator Scott Hildebrand brought a proposal from SPT Architecture, which designed the community center, to design a shelter for $29,700.

Hildebrand said it may have a bigger impact to complete all of the projects together and be finished with Lions Park upgrades by the end of 2018.

Council members didn't buy it.

“This is not a need," Lou Cicirello said. “This is a want."

Marci Maschino said she agreed with Cicirello, but would want to see all the capital improvement projects and weigh them side by side.

Jake Jackson said the city has more pressing needs.

Anderson said a new pavilion would be nice, but would be a “hard sell" to the community.

“I feel this is a project we could approach from a different direction," he said. “… I would love to see a structure like this built to complement the new building and the dog park."

He suggested the city explore partnerships with local businesses and organizations that could assist with the project and lower its pricetag.

“I appreciate the feedback," Hildebrand said.

The city plans to construct a dog park in Lions Park but has not decided on an exact size or cost.

In other business Oct. 3, the council:

•Gave final approval to an ordinance that sets policy for non-essential use of water restrictions.

•Gave first-round approval to an ordinance that would rezone from single-family residential to multi-family residential, a piece of property near Sunflower Gardens so Mennonite Housing could use it for an expansion project.

•Was introduced to Scott Hamlin, Valley Center's newest police officer.

•Learned the city's project to replace old water meters with digital ones was finished.

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