Why Vote for a Community Aquatics and Recreation Center?
Why is Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District considering placing two funding proposals on the November 2021 ballot?
Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District seeks to construct, operate and maintain a community recreation center, significantly expanding recreation opportunities for all district residents.
What would be included in the new community recreation center?
Based on public input gathered as part of a district-wide survey and other community engagement efforts, the current proposal calls for the following amenities:
Why are two funding proposals required?
A voter-approved bond measure would fund construction of the new recreation center and a voter-approved mill levy would help fund ongoing operations and maintenance of the facility and other operating needs of the District.
What is the proposed location of the new community recreation center?
The proposed location of the community recreation center would be on a portion of land at the Holy Cross Abbey site. In addition to being a convenient location, this site provides many benefits, including access to water, sewer and power; no flood plain or floodway issues; the opportunity to work with the developer to reduce offsite costs; and future expansion opportunities, if needed.
Would seniors have quality access to the pools, walk/jog track, and other amenities?
Like other recreation centers in Colorado and nationally, it is anticipated that our seniors would be one of the largest user groups. The District has been seeking guidance from other recreation districts in developing final plans for facility design, programming, hours of operation and pricing, with a special focus on meeting the needs of our seniors.
What are the benefits of having a community recreation center in our community?
There are many anticipated benefits of the proposed recreation center, including improving our overall quality of life; promoting healthy life choices and helping control healthcare costs; keeping seniors, families and children connected; offering after-school programs that benefit working families; attracting young families, professionals and new businesses to our community; and protecting property values.
What role do community recreation centers play in promoting business development and the creation of well-paying jobs?
Quality of life, including access to indoor-recreation opportunities, is an increasingly important factor being considered by professionals, start-ups and other businesses when choosing where to locate.
What are the drawbacks of waiting to pursue a new recreation center?
Construction costs continue to increase and borrowing costs are at, or near, historic lows. The longer we wait, the more it will cost.
How large is the proposed recreation center?
The current plan calls for a 61,000 sq. ft. facility. This would provide enough space for those amenities that the community has identified as its highest priority.
What size funding proposals is the Recreation District considering placing on this fall’s ballot?
The District is considering placing a $30 million bond measure and a mill levy proposal of 3.5 mills on the November 2021 ballot. The bond issue would fund construction costs and the mill levy would provide funding for ongoing operations and maintenance of the recreation center and to support operating needs of the District.
What is the estimated tax impact of the proposed bond measure and mill levy proposal?
The estimated annual tax impact of the proposed bond measure and mill levy proposal would be $44.47 and $25, respectively, per $100,000 of a home’s actual market value.
What oversight would be in place?
The District would provide community updates on its website as well as via in-person community outreach meetings and/or informational webinars.
Is the Recreation District seeking grants to help pay for some of the proposed improvements?
Yes. The District will be applying for grant funds to help address certain costs. Unfortunately, most grants do not pay for capital improvements. Available grants are often for outside projects and/or for equipment purchases.
Is the planned Community Recreation Center too big?
By no means is the proposed facility too large. The planned facility is 61,000 square feet and would serve a population of 25,000. This equates to 2.44 sq. ft. per person. Compared to other recreation centers in communities with a comparable service population, the proposed recreation center for Canon City is actually more modest in size. This is how our recreation center would stack up in size:
Canon City 2.44 sq. ft. per person
Carbon Valley 5.00 sq. ft. per person
Estes Valley 5.80 sq. ft. per person
Meeker 7.14 sq. ft. per person
Fraser Valley 8.33 sq. ft. per person
Eaton 8.57 sq. ft. per person
Aquatics and Recreation Center Presentation
Would user fees help pay for ongoing operations and maintenance of the recreation center?
Ongoing operations and maintenance costs would be addressed by a combination of user fees and revenues from a voter-approved mill levy.
Would there be higher user fees for out-of-district residents?
Yes. Anyone who is not a district resident would pay a higher fee to use the recreation center.
Would there be various levels of fees?
Like other community recreation centers, the District would likely offer annual and quarterly memberships, punch passes, and day passes. The goal would be to make the recreation center as affordable as possible.
Would low-income residents be provided a lower fee?
The goal would be to seek corporate donations to create a scholarship program that provides price assistance to low-income residents.
Would seniors pay a discounted fee?
Yes. The District seeks to create a senior fee structure that takes into consideration that many seniors are on a fixed income.
Would the existing pool stay open if voters turn down funding for the new recreation center?
According to outside engineers who have evaluated the District’s 54-year-old pool, it has already surpassed its estimated useful life. Given many mechanical and structural issues, remodeling the pool is not an option. When the pool closes, the District would not have enough money to build a new one without additional voter-approved funding.
What programs would likely be offered at the new community recreation center?
Following are some of the programs being considered for the new community recreation center:
After School Programs
Arts & Crafts
Continuing Education Classes
Family Fun Nights
Fitness Classes (Youth and Adult)
Floor Hockey League
Game Nights/Card Games
Group Exercise Programs/Classes
Health and Wellness Programs
Ice Cream Socials
Indoor Soccer Leagues/Tournaments
Kids Night Out (Preteen/Teen)
Learn to Dance Programs
Parent and Tot Classes (Fitness, Sports, Tumbling)
Rentals (Showers, Retirement, Birthday, etc.)
School District Swimming Classes
Senior Fitness Programs
Senior Water Programs
Social Clubs (Pinochle, Bridge, Bunco, etc.)
Special Community Events
Tabata (HIIT) Classes
Tai Chi Classes
Water Aerobics/Exercise Classes
Why is the Community Recreation Center question not a county wide question?
The boundaries of the Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District do not extend to the entire county, parts of which are in the Penrose Recreation District. Other areas of the county have citizens who are unlikely to use the proposed facility due to distance. The Community Recreation Center is being proposed by the Recreation District which would be the entity to build and operate it, not Fremont County. This is a Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District project and will be funded by taxpayers in the District.
Who is included in the special district?
You can find district maps here.