Nearly 20 years after the grand opening of Lewisville’s Senior Activity Center and Memorial Park Recreation Center, ground has broken today on a new facility that will combine both of the centers into one multigenerational recreation building.
The $46 million building will be called Thrive and will be built on the property where the Senior Activity Center and Memorial Park Recreation Center currently sit—1950 S. Valley Parkway—replacing both buildings.
Construction is expected to begin in August and the facility is expected to open in 2020.
The 87,000-square-foot facility is a part of the 2015 bond package and is the largest capital improvement project in the city’s history.
“We are here this morning breaking ground on this project because the residents of Lewisville told us this is what they want,” City Manager Donna Barron said. “Cities have the most success when they listen to the voice of the people, and that voice told city council and city leaders to make this dream come true.”
A new recreation center was a top recommendation in the Lewisville 2025 vision plan, and one of the main components of a bond package passed by Lewisville voters in November 2015. It will include an indoor natatorium, a gymnasium, an indoor walking track, an expanded fitness area, community rooms, and an indoor playground for children. The facility also will feature a public art component being created by Andrew Dufford.
During construction, Memorial Park Recreation Center activities will transfer to the Frederick P. Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle, Lewisville. A temporary senior activities center will open July 23 at Music City Mall, 2401 S. Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville.