Cherokee County may soon see construction start for a new recreation center planned for Cherokee Veterans Park.
The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote Tuesday on a construction agreement with Reeves Young, LLC for the construction of the LB “Buzz” Ahrens Recreation Center, at Cherokee Veterans Park on Highway 20. The proposed agreement is for $10.47 million, along with a $1.6 million reserve in case of unforeseen issues during construction. All of the money for this project is slated to come from the county’s penny sales tax dollars and recreation impact fees.
The recreation center will be built in several phases, county officials have said. The first phase of the project, which is included in the agreement under consideration Tuesday, will include gymnasium space, a fitness area, a climbing wall, two classrooms, an aerobics and dance studio, a large meeting hall with a kitchen and office space for Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency officials. It also includes development of a parking lot and an expansion of the park’s septic system.
Construction is projected to take around 15 months, with the grand opening of the recreation center planned for November or December 2022.