Morrisville Aquatics & Fitness Center Renovation Moves Forward; Closure Date Announced
The renovation of the Morrisville Aquatics & Fitness Center (MAFC) will significantly upgrade and improve some amenities in the facility and create greater capacity for participation. In 2012, a parks and recreation improvements bond referendum was included on the ballot. The MAFC renovation was one of the projects illustrated as improvements that could be supported through that bond. Voters’ approval for the bond was 74%. Since that time, Council has considered options and considered two feasibility studies and pre-design concepts. In August 2017, Council selected a design concept and the project moved forward to full design. Design was completed in the summer of 2018, and bids were advertised. Based on bids received, construction costs will be approximately $7 million.
Council approved the construction contract at their October 23 Town Council Meeting, so the building will close for construction starting at the end of the day on Friday, November 16. Construction is expected to take roughly a year to complete, with the facility reopening late 2019.
While the renovation will interrupt service during construction, staff has identified the Historic Christian Church and Silverton pool as locations to offer some programming. Remaining programming and services will be suspended during the facility closure due to a lack of appropriate space for more intense activities and equipment. Programming information can be found on our website at www.townofmorrisville.org/parksandrec.
For more information about this exciting project, visit www.townofmorrisville.org/mafcrenovation!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. When will you be closing the facility?
A. The building is anticipated to close for construction at end of the day Friday, November 16, 2018, pending contract approval by Town Council.
Q. How long will you be closed?
A. We are estimating the project to take about a year, so we are anticipating we will reopen late 2019.
Q. I'm a member of MAFC. When will you stop drafting my monthly membership?
A. The last membership draft was on October 14. We will not be drafting in November, but if you have further questions about drafts please contact Kendal Smith 919-463-6901.
Q. What will happen with my membership while you are closed?
A. For those who are paid in full, we will be prorating the remaining portion left after closure. All refunds should be processed no later than December 15.
Q. Will you still be offering fitness classes or swim lessons?A. While the renovation will interrupt service during construction, staff has identified the Historic Christian Church and Silverton pool as locations to offer limited programming. Information regarding available programs, pricing and locations will be on the website at www.townofmorrisville.org/parksandrec.