In October, the Lake County Board of Commissioners approved staff to pursue a feasibility study to consider centralizing the location for services provided by the Lake County Library, Lake County Recreation (including an Aquatic Center), Lake County Senior Center, and a childcare facility for the Lake County community.
The current facilities for these departments are aging or no longer meet space and programming requirements. This feasibility will dovetail off findings from the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan commissioned by the county and completed in 2022.
Since then, staff have issued a Request for Proposals and begun to seek funding to help pay for the study, including applying for a grant through the State (DOLA). Funding decisions should be made by the state by April, at which point the 9-month feasibility study can begin. If funding is not awarded through DOLA, then staff and the Lake County Board of Commissioners would need to regroup to discuss funding and timeline for the project.
A feasibility study would evaluate the feasibility of a multi-use building that could include:
- Recreation center
- Aquatic center
- Senior center
- Cafe and kitchen space
- Child Care center
- Community space (for example, reservable conference rooms)
The main goals of the feasibility study are to:
- Clarify the programmatic and space needs for these services in the County
- Identify opportunities and issues presented by co-locating these services
- Identify possible sites, and map out capital costs
- Propose operations options for a multi-use facility
- Engage the community in robust public engagement