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Posted on: August 31, 2021

Community Center Referendum Spotlight: Indoor Walking Track and Community Spaces

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In just two months, Cottage Grove residents will be voting on a referendum question regarding a 39.2 million dollar community center project. The City has been, and will continue to, share information about the proposal so voters feel confident in making the decision they feel is best for their families and the community. We’ve previously highlighted the outdoor aquatic center and 50-meter pool, the sports dome and the indoor playground, which represent 3 anchors of the project. In this month’s spotlight, we want to tell you about the concept, and how the center was designed to accommodate everyone, from toddlers to teens to seniors.

The indoor playground accommodates young families, the sports dome will benefit youth and teens, and the aquatic center has something for everyone. But one thing the City continued to hear throughout this process is our growing senior community is looking for more amenities. Now, we know our seniors love to walk. The sports dome will feature a walking track, that encircles the turf field and will be protected by netting. This will allow a safe and comfortable space for anyone to enjoy a walk, regardless of what the weather conditions are like outside, at all times of the year.  We are even studying the potential of adding pickleball within the confines of the dome.

If water is your thing, the aquatic center will have a lazy river that is going to be a great opportunity for seniors to do water walks and other aquatic aerobics. Finally, the opportunity for classes and gathering space will be present and available within the Community Center building itself to satisfy all sort of social and educational needs; from coffee chats to cooking classes to crafts and yoga. The possibilities are plenty!

Next month, we’ll take a deeper dive into the financing portion of the referendum question; specifically, what the tax impact will be. We’ll also explore what the timing of the project might look like should the referendum question pass.

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