Aurora is breaking new floor within the new reception middle, which is funded with marijuana tax {dollars}

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The new $ 41.9 million facility will include a pool, running track, fitness areas, and a huge indoor field house.

Marijuana tax revenue will be paid in full for a $ 41.9 million new recreation center for the city of Aurora. On February 18, the city laid the foundation stone for the planned 62,000 square meter recreation center, which is located at 25400 E. Alexander Drive in southeast Aurora. Completion of the center is expected in early 2023.

The facility will be located on 600 hectares west of the Aurora Reservoir, which the city acquired from the federal government in 1984. The land has been designated for parking and recreation purposes.

The groundbreaking ceremony was a closed ceremony that was attended by no community or media members due to COVID-19 security precautions, the city said. However, some members of the local government were able to attend the groundbreaking ceremony, including Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman; Aurora Mayor Pro Tem Francoise Bergan; Councilor of Division IV Juan Marcano; and Alison Coombs, Councilor for Ward V. Representative from Populous, the project architecture firm, and Saunders Construction, the project general contractor, were also in attendance, as were limited city staff from Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space, and Public Works.

Marihuana Tax Revenue helps fund the new Rec Center in Aurora https://t.co/8aM1hAehFU pic.twitter.com/OpzjtPJSnf

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An indoor pool with a water slide, pool party rooms, a fitness area with 1,000 square feet of fitness lawn, group exercise rooms, multi-purpose common rooms, a gym, an 8 square meter running track and a 20,000 square foot indoor field house are planned for the new facility.

The center will also host and exhibit art in public spaces. The city’s Art in Public Places program selected Project One Studio in Indianapolis to develop an art installation called Florescence that will be integrated through the leisure center.

The project is the result of a comprehensive public input process that started in 2019 and resulted in nearly 2,700 responses from community members to their vision for the leisure center. The planners incorporated the feedback into both the external appearance of the facility and the furnishings.

The center will be the city’s sixth recreation center and the second to be funded through marijuana recreation taxes. In 2019, the city opened the Central Recreation Center at E. Vassar Place 18150, the first leisure center in 40 years, and a project also funded with marijuana taxpayers’ money.

As a resident of Aurora, let us know in the comments which leisure center you like the most and why.

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