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Arts center feasibility study to be unveiled in October

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By Vicky Gits

 

 The exact date of the meeting has not been decided.

The purpose of the $37,500 study is to define the cost and nature of a combination community center and arts center that Evergreen residents might be willing to support in Buchanan Park.

Center for the Arts Evergreen, which would like to see a new building in Buchanan Park, is contributing $12,500 for the study, and the district is paying $25,000.

After much discussion, the rec district decided in February to go forward with the study on a 3-2 vote.

At the time, some people who live close to Buchanan Park spoke against the community/arts center and the prospect of building out the park, which they felt should remain in its natural state.

The job was awarded to Economic and Planning Systems of Denver, which began research and interviews on April 29.

During May, the consultants toured various facilities in Evergreen that have similar functions to those being proposed for the arts center to determine the level of use and the types of users. They also interviewed most arts groups and other potential users.

In June, EPS identified and analyzed comparable community and arts facilities in the Rocky Mountain region.

The final phase is a financial feasibility analysis.

A partial summary of the market analysis was presented to the park district and arts center boards during the week of July 20. The complete market analysis will be presented in October.

BREAKOUT

Buchanan Park community/arts center feasibility study

Preview of market analysis

(Source: Evergreen Park and Recreation website)

• Little demand exists for banquet and/or large-scale meeting space.

• A new community center/arts center would be driven by arts-related programming and events.

• Significant demand exists for community meeting space; however, this user would provide little operational support.

• Passive recreation uses such as dance and yoga are commonly found in community centers and are popular within district multipurpose rooms. Demand for these activities will grow modestly in a new center, although primary program support will depend on the extent to which the district desires to replace these activities in existing facilities.

• Recreation activities are complementary to community/arts centers. Many communities include both recreational- and arts-oriented activities within the same facility. The degree of integration is typically dependent on the size of traditional recreation facilities.