Rec Center Plans Move Forward In Austin

Created: 01/13/2014 10:54 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) -- One of the most popular ideas to come out of Austin's Vision 2020 plan was a proposed city recreation center, and although we're still a long way from breaking ground, officials are making progress toward getting blueprints on the table.

On Monday night, the committee charged with developing plans for the proposed rec center met to discuss possible locations, but said they first need to find an architect.

Officials said they’ve narrowed down their list to four architectural firms, all from the Twin Cities, that they will bring in for interviews in the coming weeks.

But the committee didn't want to nail down a final site for the rec center until they can work with an architect to figure out exactly what type of facility can go where, and for how much.

“Hopefully [by the] middle of April we have a design with a few locations and then knowing what the costs are to run the facility at each location,” said Matt Cano, chair of the rec center committee. “From there we'll make a selection of the location."

Officials said they are hoping to find a downtown location, but are looking at some of the city's green spaces as possible sites as well.