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Elevate Parks & Recreation (Tree & Green

McDonald Hughes Community Center

Updated Feb 22, 2024

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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, installation of resilient and sound-absorbing gym flooring, installation of an acoustic treatment in the 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.

Expanded parking options are being evaluated as part of the Benjamin Barnes YMCA construction project.

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


  • March 2020: bids opened (view documents here)

  • April 2020: construction contract awarded to Spencer Management

  • April 2021: construction complete

  • July 2021: grand reopening

Acoustic treatment in storm shelter: 

  • August 2021: opened bids for installation of acoustic treatment in storm shelter

  • November 2021: council voted to reject bids 

  • April 2022: opened new bids 

  • May 2022: council awarded the construction bid

  • September 2022: construction complete

Up Next:
  • Explore parking lot expansion options

  • Discussion on McDonald Hughes Phase 2

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