McDonald Hughes Community Center

Updated Nov 12 2020

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On November 3, 2020 the City Council voted to expand the scope of work for the Phase I improvements to include the construction of a connector between the main building and the storm shelter. The additonal work falls within the original Phase I budget.


The first phase of work at the McDonald Hughes Community Center focuses on improvements requested by the community. These upgrades include a covered drop-off for cars, an indoor playground, restoration of restrooms/showers, resilient and sound-absorbing gym flooring, construction of a connector hall between the main building and storm shelter, and replacement of some light fixtures with LED lighting. These renovations will address some of the facility’s immediate needs, while laying the groundwork for future improvements that may be included in later phases.

The center was originally constructed in 1978 but was purchased by the city in 1997. A new addition was dedicated in 1999 and the center was renovated in 2015.  Currently, the center offers a 1,700-capacity storm shelter/gymnasium (built in 2019), fitness equipment, ballroom and meeting spaces, commercial and catering kitchens, softball fields, and an outdoor playground. Programs include offerings to seniors, a summer food program for school children, and fitness classes.

Goals and Impact
  • Add new amenities to increase the value that the facility provides to the community

  • Bring features back into operation to fully utilize the existing facility


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Key Milestones & Events
  • Bids were opened on March 5, 2020 (view documents here)

  • Construction contract was awarded on April 21, 2020

  • Construction began on May 26, 2020


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