Update: Construction on schedule for Kent Recreation Center


DOVER — The 65,000-square-foot Kent County Recreation Center is on schedule to open in February, according to EDis, a construction management firm based in Wilmington.

Members of Kent County Levy Court received an update on the construction progress Tuesday evening.

“A lot is happening,” said Jeremy Sheppard, assistant director of Parks and Recreation for Kent County. “That’s the good news. Everything is really moving forward.

“It feels like we were here just a couple of weeks ago talking about this building. It’s really starting to fly by and pretty soon we’re going to be in that building, operating.”

The new facility, located on New Burton Road in Dover, is designed by the Becker Morgan Group of Dover. It will be Kent County’s first consolidated recreation center and also will replace the Boys & Girls Club facility on Simon Circle.

EDis is working on Kent County’s portion of the building, while Lighthouse Construction, of Magnolia, is building the Boys & Girls Club.

Construction of the $10.7 million building began in 2013.

It will share a common entrance with the Boys & Girls Club, as well as the parking lot, two outbuildings, a public restroom near outside playing fields and a maintenance building.

The construction of the New Burton Road entrance is continuing, with the base paving at the entrance is complete.

Plans call for the Kent County side of the building, which will be to the left of the entrance, to contain a large gymnasium that can be configured for basketball, volleyball, youth tennis, and indoor lacrosse, soccer and field hockey.

Construction of the artificial turf field will continue throughout November and into December, said Mr. Sheppard.

“The contractor has completed the rough-in of the sprinklers in the gymnasium and the turf field lights have been installed,” Mr. Sheppard said.

The recreation center will also consist of one large field, which will be used for field hockey, football, lacrosse and soccer. The floor, regardless of surface, will have permanent markings for at least two of the sports.

The Boys & Girls Club will feature a game and activity room, computer and teen rooms and classrooms for afterschool activities.

The children also will be able to use the gym on the Kent County side when it is not scheduled for county-sponsored activities.

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