Berthoud Votes to Build Park and Recreation Center
BERTHOUD – In 1998, the voters of the Town of Berthoud approved a sales tax to fund transportation services, street maintenance, open space and a recreation center for the community. After another sales tax was approved in 2018, dedicated solely for recreational purposes, the Town Board committed those resources to getting a recreation center built that had been planned for so long. On December 17, 2019, the Board of Trustees voted 7-0 in favor of hiring FCI Constructors as the Construction Manager/General Contractor to perform the work of developing the Waggener Farm Park and Recreation Center.
Situated just blocks from downtown Berthoud, Waggener Farm Park is a roughly 60-acre site, immediately adjacent to Turner Middle School and Highway 56. The southern two-thirds of this gorgeous site will remain open space with native grasses, trails and ongoing farming activity consistent with a conservation easement of the property. The northern third of the site will hold several new multi-purpose athletic fields, a large destination playground, sport courts, trails, a recreation center and indoor aquatics facility.
“This project is a long time in coming” said Chris Kirk, Town Administrator. “We are thrilled about the opportunity to leverage existing tax revenue to build this transformational facility.”
Funds for the estimated $28 million construction project will come from approximately $7.5 million in existing reserves that have been saved for the purpose of building parks and related improvements. The Trustees also voted to leverage revenues from the sales tax adopted in 2018 to issue Certificates of Participation for the remaining project costs. Membership sales, day use fees and other revenue generated by the facility will be supplemented with the 2018 1% sales tax for long-term operations and maintenance.
“The exciting thing about using the 2018 1% sales tax for this project is that it will free up funds in the 1998 1% sales tax so that we can focus even more resources on street maintenance, open space, trails and transit services,” said Mayor-Pro Tem, Jeff Hindman.
The project is expected to break ground in spring of 2020 and is expected to open to the public in 2021.