Watertown will be getting a $24 million multi-purpose facility. The current recreation center is over 30 years old, so it's time for an update.
"Our facility now is very inadequate for handicap accessibility in some areas," executive director John Small said. "We are very crowded out in the parking lot with the high school, and we'll just be able to have more room."
The existing building sits between the high school's civic center, and the Boy's and Girl's Club of Watertown. The two will take over the building once the new project is completed.
"The school will take some over and the boys and girls club will take some over, and it's really going to take care of a lot of issues we have in town," Watertown Mayor Thorson said.
The gymnasium is shared between the rec. center and the Boy's and Girl's club. Mayor Thorson says the recreation center has over 5,000 members. The Boy's and Girl's Club sees over 300 kids, so the location is very crowded during the week from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The new facility will have more gym space, an open layout, an aquatic center and indoor tennis courts. The tentative plan is to start construction next April with the new center opening in the fall of 2016.