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Simpson Rec Renovation Phase 2

A large crowd turned out to hear the plans for the next phase of the renovation of Simpson Recreation Center on September 18th at the Northwood Civic Association meeting.

Councilwoman Sanchez makes her presentation

The first phase has already been completed with the repairs to the exterior of the building earlier this year.

Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez presented the plan to rehab the Tiny Tots area and install new equipment at a budgeted cost of $300,000 for the project.

Tiny Tots is at present not used because of the condition.

Although the crowd was generally pleased with the improvements, questions were about making improvements to the rest of the facility.  The basketball courts and baseball field get a lot of use and need improvement.

Illustration of the building showing new planting to the right of the entrance replacing equipment shown above.

Sanchez explained that this is the next phase in what must be a long-term plan and she would not make any promises that could not be kept.  She emphasized that the best way for stakeholders to make sure that plans of this type meet their needs is to actively be involved in the Advisory Council at the facility.  That group is part of the planning process.

Construction for the project will begin when the weather breaks in the Spring of 2019.

The next meeting of the Northwood Civic Association will be on October 16th at 7 PM at the Simpson Recreation Center, 1010 Arrott Street.