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By Laura Keegan

As excitement grows around the imminent opening of the new Civic Center, we would like to showcase some of the recreational benefits this new facility will bring. It’s hard to list all of the benefits the new Edgewater Civic Center, as many will be discovered after the facility is opened and used by the community. Below are some of the more obvious recreational benefits that this new facility will contribute:

The more popular and most obvious benefit is the ability to provide a public fitness facility to be used by all. The fitness center will provide the latest cardio and free-weight machines and equipment on the market, in a vibrant yet community-oriented room. The facility will also host two program rooms that will be utilized for fitness programs along with other recreation classes and events.  

The inclusion of the library, fitness center, city council chambers and city administrative offices provides a space for the community to interact in one location. Currently, a few of these amenities are located at off-site locations. Bringing all of them under one roof will facilitate an area for the community to gather.

The increase of facilities such as the  gymnasium and program rooms adds more space to provide additional recreational programs across the diverse community of Edgewater. Youth, adult and senior sports, cooking, dance and fitness and other new educational programs now have space to offer to wider cluster of the community.

The recreation staff is excited to be able to provide the quality recreational experiences the community deserves with the addition of these new facilities. We would like to open the door for ideas for future programs the community may have, knowing that sometimes the best ideas come from the future patrons.

For Edgewater’s city staff, the new building will bring more efficiency with advantages in staff circulation and ease of communications using designs that enhance mobility between staffing offices, updated and easier to access to files and office machinery necessary to conduct everyday business. City Manager H. J. Stalf is looking forward to a much more energy efficient building that he and many of his staff, as they worked with the architects and designers, were able to bring to LEED Gold Standard. Sustainability at the new center is right on target.

Jefferson County Public Library is excited to put their library in the Civic Center. They hope to bring all the warmth and charm of the existing library into the new space, while offering expanded services, including a robust collection of books and materials, (including Spanish); intentional spaces for kids, teens and adults; a designated Family Place – the first in Jefferson County; access to current and emerging technology; and  dynamic programming for all.

Contact Edgewater mayor Laura Keegan at 303-232-0745 (land line)  or lkeegan@edgewaterco.com.