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February 6, 2013

Charlestown looks ahead to rec center

Council members approve accepting bids for first phase



On the opposite side of the multipurpose building, phase one includes the erection of a 75-by-150-foot covered roller-skating rink. Hall said there is the option of transitioning the roller skating rink to an ice-skating rink during the winter months to get year-round access to the feature.

During the meeting, a council member asked Hall how the project will be funded. Hall responded by saying he would prefer to wait until the bids are received before openly discussing funding options.

Following the meeting, however, Hall did provide some insight to how the initial phase will be financed.

“We have several pots of money that we can pull from,” he said. “It will come out of several funds. The amounts and the amount of funds will be determined by the bids.”

He said the city will consider borrowing against itself to fund the project.

“The general fund will not be [accessed] at all. We don’t have the money to do that, but we do have other capital accounts,” Hall said. “I don’t want to get too much into it until we know what we can do after the bids come in.”

He said he anticipates the recreation center to be an attraction for families in and around Charlestown.

“We really do believe that it will become a destination area for young families to be able to come and participate in,” he said. 

After the completion of the first phase, city officials hope to expand offerings to include a YMCA-type facility that will include an indoor swimming pool, digital gaming center and a large banquet room.

Hall has previously provided an estimate of $4.2 million to complete the entire project.

He said the Family Activities Center is one spoke in an overall effort to make Charlestown as attractive as possible to current and prospective residents.

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