Photo courtesy of the Village of Los Lunas
The expansion of the Daniel Fernandez Memorial Park Recreation Center will include a second gymnasium, three program rooms, additional restrooms, a new entrance and staff offices.
Residents of the Village of Los Lunas will soon have more recreation space at the Daniel Fernandez Memorial Park Recreation Center.
The Village Council unanimously approved the awarding of a bid to TA Cole and Sons for the nearly $6.3 million, 19,000 square foot recreation center expansion at its meeting on April 7. TA Cole submitted the lowest of five bids for the project.
Los Lunas Parks and Recreation Director Jason Duran said the center expansion will include a second gymnasium, three program rooms, additional restrooms, a new entrance and staff offices.
Looking to the future, Duran said the expansion will include infrastructure for a future aquatic center.
The increased center footprint will require the removal of the tennis courts north of the existing center, but the baseball diamonds will be retained. The expansion will bring the building to the south end of the paddling pool.
The project will be funded by a combination of state and local funds – $300,000 comes from capital expenditures granted by the state legislature and the rest from the general village fund.
The board unanimously approved a budget adjustment of $4.5 million for the project at the same meeting, which will be in addition to the $2.3 million transferred for the project from last fiscal year.
Councilor Chris Ortiz asked if the taller building would cause drainage issues in the park. Duran said all existing and new drainage would be directed to the outer perimeter of the park, so the new building would have no adverse effect.
“The building will also be raised 18 inches,” Duran said.
The addition to the center is expected to take effect in 365 days, the director said.
“They have 60 days from contract award date before that time starts, and they can start early,” Duran said.
The expansion of the recreation center was announced last May. Duran said the prospect of more space for programs had staff bouncing off the walls. At the moment, we only allow teams one hour to practice. That’s all the time we have,” Duran said.
Currently, there are about 40 volleyball teams using the center for practices and matches, he said, and the additional gymnasium will allow for more teams and more practice time.
“Children and adults will have more time,” he said. “It will improve the programs we have and allow us to introduce new programs.”
With more people using the center after the expansion, Councilor Cruz Munoz asked if there would be enough parking and if there would be any security issues surrounding entering and exiting the property.
Los Lunas Fire Chief John Gabaldon said there were plenty of parking spaces as well as exits from the site, which he was asked to do.
“They made sure it will contain what they need for the future,” Gabaldon said. “I support that, as a member of the community.”
Duran said there is enough parking space for the expanded building, but additional space will be needed for a future aquatic center.