CRC Expansion History

If you are interested in contacting Windsor Town Board about the Community Recreation Center Expansion:

Public Needs Assessment Survey
In 2011, the Town of Windsor partnered with the Ed and Ruth Lehman YMCA in Longmont to complete a statistically valid survey of residents about their recreation program and facility needs and wants. You may read the survey report. The findings were as follows:

  Our Center is operating at capacity:
  • Windsor has doubled its population in the past ten years, growing from approximately 10,000 residents in 2003 to over 20,000 today. 
  • Participation in center programs has grown 218% since 2004.
  • Youth activities participation has grown 123%. 
  • Senior participation has grown 114%.
  • Given its current size and amenities, the center cannot meet the indoor recreation needs of our community.
  • There is strong demand for expanded and new recreation programs that cannot be met with current space. Chimney Park Pool is limited to seasonal programming. Many Windsor residents travel great lengths to address their indoor recreation needs.
  Proposed solution:
  • The Town of Windsor is considering placing a sales tax measure on the November 2014 ballot to fund expansion of our Community Recreation Center.
  • The improvements would include a leisure pool, lap lanes, slide, auxiliary gym, walk/jog track, aerobics/dance/yoga studio, fitness/wellness studio, locker room expansion, child watch area, classroom/party room and additional parking.
  • The estimated cost of the project is $16.1 million, which includes site work, construction and other project costs.
  • The current plan under consideration calls for a sales tax of 0.75% (3/4 of one cent on each dollar).
  • There is NO property tax being considered.

Feasibility Study
In 2012, the Town of Windsor contracted with Barker Rinker Seacat, Architects to complete a Feasibility Study concerning construction and operating costs for possible expansion of the Community Recreation Center (CRC). You may view the summary presentation made to Town Board and the Parks, Recreation & Culture Advisory Board on April 30, 2012 or contact staff to view a reference copy of the full report.

Ad Hoc Committee
On May 14, 2012, Windsor Town Board determined to form an Ad Hoc committee comprised of various representatives from the community. "The mission of the CRC Expansion Financial Feasibility Ad Hoc Committee is to recommend a sound financial package for the construction and subsequent operation of recreational amenities that will build community, provide affordable aquatics and wellness opportunities for families and transform the center to become an inter-generational destination for Windsor residents."

This committee met with staff, Town Board liaison, and Parks, Recreation & Culture Board representatives over several months to review and evaluate a variety of financial considerations. The committee included representatives from the Weld Re-4 School District, the Chamber of Commerce, and special interest groups such as aquatics, active adults, preschool, fitness/wellness, youth/teen, adult sports and youth sports. You may view the Ad Hoc Committee recommendations made to Town Board in October 2012.

Exploring Partnerships
In January 2013, Town Board directed staff to determine interest of potential partners in possible expanding the Community Recreation Center.  You may view the Expansion Possibilities and partnership materials.  Letters of Interest were accepted through March 2, 2013, at which time they were reviewed for feasibility of a more formal partnership opportunity.  If such an opportunity is announced, a formal Request for Proposal process will be initiated, as per the adopted Partnership Guidelines.

Also in January 2013, Town Board requested staff complete a variety of research, including:
  • Summarizing "to date" actions
  • Summarizing Ad Hoc Committee recommendations
  • Summarizing the 2012 Feasibility Study Scenario 1 recommendations
  • Conducting grant and funding research
  • Exploring potential partnerships
  • Researching public vs private facility impacts
  • Researching models of public - private partnerships

This material was presented at the Town Board Work Session on April 1, 2013.  You may View the view Work Session Packet or view video of the meeting.

A Resolution of Support
The Parks, Recreation & Culture Advisory Board adopted a resolution of support for the Ad Hoc Committee recommendation on April 2, 2013.

Public Outreach
On April 22, 2013, Town Board determined to host a number of District meetings hosted by the Town Board member from each District. A topic of discussion at each meeting was the possible expansion of the Community Recreation Center, the amenities associated with various scenarios and the costs. Members of the Parks, Recreation & Culture Board were also in attendance along with Staff and consultants from Barker Rinker Seacat architects, who completed the expansion feasibility study in 2012. All meetings were open to the public, however public was encouraged to attend the meeting in their respective district (see District map).

Town Board Discussion
On July 8, 2013, Town Board discussed the results of the public meetings and next steps at a Work Session.  You may view Work Session packet or view video of the meeting.

On August 2, 2013, Town Board members toured several recreation centers:
Staff provided comparative information on these facilities and a few others nearby.

Further discussion by Town Board:
If you have questions, feel free to contact the Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture.