Input on new Enterprise recreation center sought at fun interactive community meeting

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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) — An interactive community forum set for Monday, Oct. 29, will provide a fun and family-friendly atmosphere for residents to share their ideas and desires for a proposed new Enterprise Parks and Recreation Center.

The forum at the Enterprise Civic Center will give Enterprise and surrounding area residents the opportunity to offer input in a unique and meaningful way.

City Parks and Recreation Director Billy Powell highly encourages residents to come to the Enterprise Civic Center anytime between 6 and 8 p.m. to participate in Interactive Information Gathering Stations. The various stations will focus on trends, space/room types, desired programs and any big ideas that participants wish to share.

“This forum is going to play a major role in the decision-making process as the city moves forward with this great multi-million dollar project,” Powell said.

Representatives of the consulting firm RDG Planning & Design will be on hand with Mayor William E. Cooper, city council members and Parks and Recreation Department leaders to hear recommendations, opinions, wants and concerns, etc.

“The City of Enterprise values the opinions of the citizens and this forum will give the public the opportunity to interact and engage with community leaders and the design team to share their ideas,” said Jack D. Patton, chief operation officer of RDG. “We look forward to meeting local residents and hearing about what is important to them.”

The purpose of the meeting is to discover what the community expects the Recreation Center to be in the community and how it should accommodate the programs residents want, whether those are aerobic exercise classes, line dancing and yoga sessions or youth basketball, swimming competitions or an activity that is completely new to the area.

In this family-friendly event, people of all ages are encouraged to express wants and ask questions about various recreation center considerations, including a multi-use pool. Patton said they can spend as much or as little time at any one station of interest that they like. They may vote with a green dot attached to a list, write an opinion on a sticky note attached to a photo or write a suggestion on a signing matte. Because the opinion of children is also important in this type of project, a coloring station will be set up so that children can, for example, draw a picture of their favorite pool.

“This is going to be like no other town hall or community forum that you’ve ever attended,” Powell said. “We believe it will show the community that we are striving to meet their recreation needs and wants, while at the same time giving residents an equal voice and an opportunity to focus on the things that interest them the most.”

Residents outside the city limits who use or might want to use the Enterprise recreation facilities are also encouraged to participate in the forum.

An exploration of the possibility of bringing the much-needed facility to Enterprise has been under way for months, but the process is still in the study phase. Locations and designs have not been finalized. Information gathered from this forum will be used to develop plans that will be explored at a future forum. Completion of planning and construction of a new center is expected to take about two year.

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