Rosemount residents are invited to an event to learn about the City’s initiative to plan for a possible indoor recreation center, and to share ideas about what a center would include. The event is an open house on Monday, November 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Center.
The City Council has hired 292 Design Group to study the needs for new facilities. The company is based in Minnesota and has long experience nationally with the careful planning needed for successful facilities. That firm will work with Ballard King & Associates, a consultant that specializes in the financial analysis that will allow the Council to make important choices for any facility.
Among the questions to be studied is whether a facility should be owned by the City or operated by an outside group like the YMCA or other private recreation providers. The consultants will also look at what land is available and what staffing would be required.
The consultants have begun interviews with stakeholders. Those include athletic groups that serve youth, and other groups that serve citizens of different ages.
The Rosemount City Council made planning for recreational facilities one of its initiatives to meet long-term goals of the community and keep Rosemount at the forefront of being one of the best places to live. The Council has the perspective that there is a need for more recreational facilities in Rosemount.
A community survey this summer asked whether respondents would support higher property taxes for a new rec facility. Nearly three-quarters answered positively. The planning effort will fill in specifics of features residents want and how much they would cost.
A big challenge is to decide which needs can be met while respecting the taxpayers’ money. As part of the process, the consultants may conduct a detailed survey to determine the desires of the public for recreational facilities -- and the tradeoffs that may need to be made -- if a voter referendum is required.
Research should be completed in the spring, to be followed by the Council’s decision on how to proceed. That will be a public process, and residents will have many opportunities to share their views.