Taking you inside Auburn’s $40 million ‘Recreation Revolution”

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AUBURN, Ala. (WRBL) –  A recreation revolution is underway in the city of Auburn. Tuesday night, the Auburn City Council is expected to adopt a $40 million Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Master Plan to build new facilities and redo existing complexes.

City leaders say families have been asking for better parks and recreation facilities and opportunities for quite some time when they fill out the Auburn Citizen Survey.  The desire is fueling a historical movement within in the city to improve park, recreation, and cultural lifestyle amenities.
 
If the city council approves the plan, construction could begin in 2019. The first $40 million effort can be considered phase one of the complete plan and involves 13 initial projects. An overview of all the projects can be found at this link: 13 initial projects in phase one

The money will come from a bond issue. Phase one could take up to six years to build out. Phase two will trigger another round of funding and projects.

“We are addressing a lot of the wants expressed in the citizen surveys as well as needs we have within our programs,” explained Parks and Rec. Director, Becky Richardson.

News 3 is highlighting four projects to be completed during phase one. 

First, is the 8.7 million dollar Society Hill Park. The new facility includes four softball fields, four baseball fields, five multi-use fields, playgrounds, walking trails and parking.

The second project, coming in at $7.1 million, is the new Lake Wilmore Community Center with double gyms and a small neighborhood pool at the Lake Wilmore property off of Ogletree Road.


Next, a $5 million addition at the Wire Road Soccer Complex adds a new indoor soccer facility, three outdoor fields, and a new restroom facility.  
       
Finally, Town Creek Park will undergo a 1.4 million dollar renovation adding an inclusive playground.  
     
“Where any child will have the ability to play, and they all can play together. We think it will be a play complex just as popular on the south side of town as Hickory Dickory is on on the north side of town,” explained Richardson.

To view a complete outline of Auburn Parks and Recreation Master Plan visit this link: Overview: Auburn Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Master Plan. The document is a 237-page report, detailing dozens of phase one and phase two projects, complete with artist renderings.

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