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    Aurora holds topping out ceremony for marijuana-funded rec center

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    Aurora’s newest recreation center is fully funded by marijuana tax revenue.

    AURORA, Colo. — The City of Aurora has held the ceremonious beam-topping out event at its newest recreation center.

    Construction of the new 76,000-square-foot recreation center is expected to be completed in early 2023.

    The center will be located at 25400 East Alexander Drive on 600 acres west of the Aurora Reservoir and due south of the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in southeast Aurora.

    The $41.9-million project is fully funded by marijuana tax revenue, according to the city. Construction on the project began in February.

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    Features of the center will include an indoor pool with waterslide, pool party rooms, a fitness area that includes a 1,000 square foot fitness turf zone, group exercise rooms, multi-purpose community rooms, a gymnasium, a “figure 8” running track with various elevations and a 20,000-square-foot indoor fieldhouse.

    The city said the center will also include integrated public art.

    After a public process, Aurora’s Art in Public Places Program selected the artist team Project One Studio of Indianapolis to develop an art installation, “Florescence,” that will be integrated through the recreation center.

    “I’m thrilled with the progress being made at the Southeast Recreation Center,” said Aurora Mayor Pro Tempore Françoise Bergan. “The planners and architects really listened to the community to create a design compatible with the natural setting, that takes advantage of the mountain views, and offers the activities that are so popular with families in our neighborhoods. I can’t wait to go down the water slide and jog on the elevated running track. It’s going to be a beautiful amenity for our residents.”

    The city said they received nearly 2,700 responses from the community about their vision for the center during a gathering process in 2019. The feedback received ultimately shaped both the external, look and feel of the center as well as the internal, listed amenities within it, according to the city.

    For more project information, visit AuroraGov.org/NewCenter.

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