Renovations and expansion of Broomfield Community Center, a $48.6 million project, came to a end this weekend as the City and County of Broomfield celebrated the center’s grand re-opening.
The center opened for business Monday with residents making appointments for services because of COVID-19. Residents can book select services via online appointments starting Sept. 21 through B-REx.com.
A ribbon cutting ceremony, which residents could tune into virtually, was held Saturday.
“On Sept. 28, 2018, we held our ground breaking for this project,” Clay Shuck, director of parks, recreation, and senior services, said. “It was with a lot of excitement that we stand here just a little over two years later to hold this ribbon cutting ceremony.”
Over the past two years design and construction teams have worked to provide a building that supports the community and services that were identified during the community input process.
Ballard King and Associates, Ltd., a recreational consulting firm, was hired to help with focus groups and public surveys to collect the data needed to provide programming recommendations, comprehensive market analysis, and an operational programming study report.
In conjunction with Ballard’s findings, Davis Partnership Architects, who was hired to lead the design effort, and Broomfield staff developed various conceptual designs using results from public outreach surveys at Broomfield Days, online surveys and two community meetings. Those findings were used to develop final concept designs that best accommodate the input from the community. Council reviewed the final concept designs at the Dec. 12 council study session and authorized staff to proceed with the two-story concept design
At the ground-breaking Shuck said he hopes, as those in attendance walked through the building, they noted the “spectacular” view and how the spaces will meet the needs of the community. He thanked the past and current council for their support, including approving funding, of the project. The investment shows the “foresight and advocacy” leaders have for the community now and for decades to come, Shuck said.
Adolfson & Peterson Construction was hired to build the facility, which at 98,000 square feet is larger than the old center at 65,000 square feet.
Mayor Patrick Quinn and Mayor Pro Tem Guyleen Castriotta spoke at the ceremony, with Quinn recognizing his wife Carleen, past council members — Sam Taylor, Bette Erickson, Martha Derda and Paul Derda — and current members Jean Lim, Stan Jezierski, Kimberly Groom, Heidi Henkel, Deven Shaff, Sharon Tessier and Laurie Andesron.
He talked about he and his first wife moved to Broomfield in 1981 with three daughters ranging in age from 1 to 5, and how memories of them — and his younger girls who are now 8, 15, and 19 — are “stitched with memories” of the old community center.
“As a father the old BCC has memories for me of first swim lessons, gymnastics, Girl Scouts and more recently a high school graduation,” Quinn said.
He considers the Lakeshore Room to be the “quintessential Broomfield place” and as mayor always wanted to hold regional meetings there. He also talked about learning how the temperature of a pool is “important” and “controversial,” which is why having a warm and cold water pool at the new center is a “Broomfield solution.”
Castriotta said she has never seen a more “inclusive and responsive process” for a project from concept to completion.
“It’s truly inspiring and one of the reasons I love Broomfield,” she said.
Her family chose to move to Broomfield seven years ago in part because of the priority Broomfield gives to seniors since her mother-in-law would be living with them. Castriotta, who was allowed to bring one guest to the ceremony, brought her mother-in-law.
“I’m honored she is here with me to celebrate this milestone,” she said.
The family members found community, she said, and her mother-in-law inspired her to participate in early community meetings for the Broomfield Community Center while she was a candidate running for Broomfield City Council.
She brought up the changes that residents suggested, which were not originally planned or budgeted, such as the cold pool, warm water therapy, viewing balcony and pickle ball courts. They were identified as “must haves” by residents, she said, and council was asked to approve those plans and higher costs.
Castriotta also said she was proud of the community and council for continuing to prioritize this project through COVID-19 and the resulting budgetary impacts.
The Broomfield Community Center, which was initially the Broomfield Recreation Center, was built in 1974 and underwent a substantial renovation and addition of the Broomfield Senior Center in 1990. The Paul Derda Recreation Center was opened in November 2004, at which time the original rec center and senior center were renamed the Broomfield Community Center.
Residents can sign up on B-REx.com for small group tours. No walk-up guests will be accommodated. Each tour will have up to 10 guests and will last about 45 minutes.
Residents will be asked to maintain six-feet distance from others who are not a part of their household; all participants must wear a mask at all times while inside the building and people who are showing symptoms (including fever, shortness of breath or cough) are asked to stay home.
Tours are Monday through Saturday, from now through Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 11 and again from 6 to 7 p.m.
BCC amenities include a nine-lane competition cold pool; a 6-lane warm pool; hot tub, therapy pool; six cabanas; locker rooms; drop-in weight and cardio areas; a personal training studio; fitness terrace and two fitness studios. It also has an indoor walking track and two full-size basketball courts.
Aside from the workout areas is the Lakeshore Banquet Room; Lakeshore Terrace; Fireside Lounge; Prefunction Banquet Area; full-size kitchen; woodshop and a pottery/creative space. There is also a conference room with a reservable terrace attached and six meeting rooms of varying sizes.
Room reservations at the BCC include tables, chairs and WiFi access. Additional amenities are available for some rooms, such as Lakeshore Room, which is about 4,300 square feet and be divided into three sections
At approximately 4,300 square feet, the Lakeshore room can be divided into three sections, or rented as one large room (required for banquet package). Reservations can be made through B-REx.com.
Those permits are contingent on changes in COVID numbers or in public health guidelines. As of Tuesday, Broomfield had reported 695 positive COVID cases, 65 hospitalizations and 34 deaths. On Sept. 28, the city and county reported 645 positive cases, 59 hospitalizations and 33 deaths.
For now rooms will be limited to 50% capacity, or 100 people, whichever is fewer, according to the city and county. That is subject to change following COVID guidelines on the actual reservation date.
The center is offering a 7-day trial pass for $10, which covers Paul Derda and the BCC. That pass includes cardio/weight room appointments; group fitness class appointments; virtual fitness classes; lap swimming appointments; aqua fitness and river walking and BCC Child Watch appointments.