After the ribbon cutting ceremony, which will include acoustic music by David Potter, the day’s events run through 5 p.m. and will include:
- Refreshments, information booth and game booth in community room A and B
- Arts and crafts for children in the classroom on the lower level
- A photo scavenger hunt with prizes for guests to learn their way around the building
- An animal hide-and-seek game for children to have fun in the new Rocky Mountain themed play features
- In-depth, guided building tours at 1:30 and 3:30 to get the full scope of all the services and features of the facility
- A full schedule of demonstrations including, pickleball, Jazzercise, line dancing, aquanastics, yoga and Zumba
- Senior services presentations at 12:30 and 2:30 outlining all of the programming and services our team will provide
- The opening of the first quarterly art show in the lower level lobby featuring photographs from local Estes Valley residents
In addition to the grand opening event, the community center will open for a free preview starting Wednesday, February 28 through Sunday, March 4. This will include a full schedule of gymnasium activities, including drop-in basketball, pickleball, ping pong, open gym soccer and scheduled family strolls. Also available will be daily fitness classes, the golf simulator, a handful of senior services classes such as bridge on March 1 and mahjong on March 2, and all of the state-of-the-art fitness equipment. The two pools will also be open for regular hours with open swim at 1 p.m. daily and water walking from 7-10 a.m. daily, both in the new leisure pool.
The 70,000-square-foot facility is a comprehensive, multigenerational destination for residents and visitors to Estes Park. The facility offers a great way to stay active on cold, windy or rainy days and for families looking for something to do with kids in Estes Park.
After an election in November 2015, the community center finally came to fruition. This was the fifth time the community center was sent to a vote; the first was in 1957.
The new $26 million facility will become the centerpiece of a large recreation district in Estes Valley, which manages two golf courses, two campgrounds, a marina, approximately ten miles of multi-use trails, a collection of ballfields, skate park and dog park at Stanley Park, a natural area, two shooting ranges and several playgrounds.
For more information about the new community center, a complete schedule of events for the grand opening on March 3, or information about hours and programs during the preview week, visit evrpd.com or call 970-586-8189.