Expansion ProjectThe Sunset Empire Park & Recreation District's (SEPRD) board of directors voted in their April 2018 meeting to pursue a bond for the expansion of the current Aquatic and Youth Center facility located at 1140 Broadway in Seaside. The project focuses on adding additional multi-use spaces and features such as:
- expanded classrooms for preschool and other early childhood education programs
- the addition of two classrooms for group fitness programs such as yoga, Tabata, dance fitness, Pilates, etc.
- a community gymnasium
- an indoor walking track
- a larger weight room and expanded cardio fitness area
- increased storage space for pool equipment
This project scope was chosen over another, more expensive model that included acquiring and renovating the middle school building, which will be vacated as the Seaside School District moves to build their new campus over the next couple of years. The cost of that model was estimated to be well over $28 million dollars and did not include the price of acquiring the school building, a dollar figure that is still an unknown factor. The district board felt that was too high of a number and included too many unknowns with regards to future maintenance.
The Base Plan Model chosen by the board members is estimated to cost around $16-$18 million dollars. Those costs are being finalized now and the Board of Directors will decide how long to issue the bond for, which will affect the tax rate. It is likely that the bond will increase the property tax rate somewhere between $0.45 and $0.70 per $1,000 of assessed home value. Click here for an expanded view of the design.
Many larger bonds have been passed over the last few years in cities such as Springfield, Bend, Portland, Eugene, Newberg, Boardman, Madras, and The Dalles. The good news for our community, is that we are able to leverage more dollars with less overall cost than many of the larger municipalities because of our community's unique composition, a factor that was pointed out many times when school district first initiated it's bond project.
Increased requests by our patrons for access to indoor community spaces, especially the gymnasium and the indoor walking track has kept driving this project forward since the first seeds were sown back in 2012.
If you have input or would like to contribute to this discussion we encourage you to reach out to our Board of Directors (contact information here) or attend a Board Meeting (the third Tuesday of every month at 5:15 p.m. at the Bob Chisholm Community Center). We welcome any community input and will be holding future forums for our community members to offer their support and ask questions related to the project. Check back here for those dates and times as they become available.