Committee holds hearing on new recreation center

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The Twin Falls Recreation Committee held a public hearing on Friday about a possible project to bring a new recreation center to the city.

“We’re in phase one of our feasibility study,” parks and recreation director, Wendy Davis said. “We are just completing that and we have come up with a basic recommendation for spaces. We’re waiting for some feedback from our consultants.”

The committee has been talking with experts about where the possible recreation center would do the most good for residents in Twin Falls.

"Today we're meeting with the CSI (College of Southern Idaho) Wellness Committee and we're hearing from the St. Luke's Healthy Community Study,” she said.

Jan Middlier is a member of the committee and she thinks a recreation center is needed here in Twin Falls.

"Does this community need a rec center? Absolutely,” Middlier said.

Middlier said the recent developments with Twin Falls infrastructure and our population growth have been factors in her support for a new recreation center.

“There are so many things happening in this community that are absolutely very empowering,” Middlier said. “The downtown refurbishing, new businesses coming in, the development along the Canyon Rim, the increase in population.”

Both Middlier and Davis stressed that they are in the very early stages of the process of bringing the Twin Falls City Council a final proposal on a new recreation center project.

“What we’ve been talking about primarily right now is what we think it ought to look like, so we can come forward with a recommendation that says we’ve done it,” Davis said. “We’ve done a survey, we’ve done a community survey, we did community open house as part of the initial phase. Identified what people are interested in and what the level of interest is.”

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