Pella City Council approves deal for new leisure center | Local News


PELLA — The Town of Pella continues to make progress on the Pella Indoor Recreation Center project.

On Tuesday, Pella City Council approved an architectural and engineering agreement with Shive-Hattery at their regular meeting. The contract includes design, tender and construction observation services for a 90,000 square foot indoor recreation center.

The recreation center will include three full-size gymnasiums; an indoor walking track; training areas; competition and leisure swimming pools; meeting spaces and event kitchens/concessions; and a climbing wall. According to city administrator Mike Nardini, the size and scale of the facility depends on fundraising.

Architectural and engineering services will represent 7.25% of construction costs, not to exceed $2.75 million. These services will be funded by the city’s existing local options sales and services tax. The LOSST fund is estimated at $985,000 before it expires on December 31, 2023.

The citizens of Pella will have the opportunity to vote for a new LOSST on September 13 this year. If the new LOSST is approved, it will start on January 1, 2024 for a period of 20 years. If not approved by voters, the city has the option of terminating the deal with Shive-Hattery.

The recreation center is expected to cost between $30 million and $50 million, depending on its size. The facility is expected to open to the public in the summer of 2025.

In April, DeWaard and the City of Pella proposed a $45 million long-term facilities plan to invest in community recreation and fine arts. The recreation center is part of the facilities plan, along with updates to the Pella Community Center; extending University Street and Baseline Drive to include a walking path that will connect to Caldwell Park; relocation of the existing soccer complex to Pella Sports Park; and a dog park in Pella.

As proposed, the city would invest $22 million in the projects, including $17 million from LOSST. The other estimated $23 million would come from private donations and other government entities.

Emily Hawk is associate editor of the Ottumwa Courier and the Oskaloosa Herald. She can be reached at [email protected]


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