Rumors have started to spread. One makes sense: The Sprinker Recreation Center will soon be condemned.
If the county is not going to rebuild, will the ailing structure sit vacant? That makes little sense.
Not long ago Lowe’s wanted to purchase the property adjacent to the recreation center. It is my belief that this is the future of Sprinker. If this happens, little will be unaffected at the facility. The ballfields will have to be removed, the skate park filled in, tennis center closed and forest impacted beyond belief.
The county has told the public that the facility was constructed without permits in 1976. This is not true. The facility was constructed with permits. In fact two of three recent engineering reports list minor damage with the roof.
The county’s report is the only one that condemns the building. Great, so replace the roof and keep the money coming into the system. Every public skate averages 200 skaters, each paying $7. This is currently done nine times a week.
It makes sense to keep the building open, unless the county has a buyer waiting in the wings. In 2004, the cost to replace the entire structure was $8 million; in 2005 it was $11 million. Now it’s $34 million. A levy will be put to the voters this fall because the County Council knows it will fail, clearing the land for sale.