Georgetown parks plan includes new recreation center among projects
The Georgetown City Council unanimously approved a 10-year parks master plan that identifies multiple improvements and additions to the city’s parks and recreation inventory including a recreation center and a new park on the southeast side of the city.
Working with city consultants, the Georgetown Parks and Recreation Advisory Board helped develop the plan that also calls for more trails, a skate park, and improvements and expansions to existing facilities.
Recommendations laid out in the plan vary from upgrades the city may implement relatively quickly using existing funding — such as updating existing parks and adding parks to city-owned property — to projects that will require phases and potential bond elections.
One proposed project will involve renovating or expanding the city’s aging recreation center or building a new recreation facility. Renovations would reimagine the existing gym, adult fitness area, multipurpose rooms, senior center and other amenities.
An expansion would allow for more adult fitness and gym offerings, a new outdoor fitness green and water sprayground, more patio space, and leisure water activities.
If the city were to consider a new recreation center, the plan recommends a feasibility study to identify facility program elements and associated space needs, total project budget, and project timeline.
Major components of a new 75,000- to 90,000-square-foot recreation center could include a gymnasium, fitness areas with weights and cardio equipment, group exercise rooms, walk/jog track, indoor playground, classrooms, esports lounge, and events hall.