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$3 Million Makeover for Villa-Parke Community Center Goes Before Council Monday Night

Published on Monday, May 24, 2021 | 5:00 am

The Villa-Parke Community Center could soon be getting a much-needed makeover, with the City Council preparing to let a nearly $3 million contract to an Anaheim-based construction company for renovation of the facility’s pool area and repair of its roof, floors and drainage system.

The City Council will take up the proposed contract during its meeting Monday, May 24.

As described in an agenda report prepared by the Public Works Department, the Villa-Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St., is heavily used, offering various programming and recreation services throughout the year, and is in need of tenant improvements. Tenants of the building include a Head Start Preschool and a Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Center.

“The roof and floor have deteriorated and the pool equipment and fixtures have become outdated,”the report states. “The swimming pool area requires more usable space for users to assemble, and Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) staff requires a common space to properly check-in/out and monitor users to the fitness gym, boxing room, and basketball gym. Additionally, PRCS is in need of more staff parking spaces.”

Based on plans prepared by Public Works in coordination with staff from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services, work required in the proposed contract with Thomco Construction would include enclosure of the existing east courtyard and its conversion into a new reception lobby for the weight room and boxing gymnasium, demolition and replacement of the concrete deck and replacement of mechanical equipment in the pool area, installation of new bleachers and shade structures, and locker room tenant improvements.

The contractor will also repair damaged portions of the roof and drainage system throughout the recreation center, repair the auditorium and first-floor hallway floor, and convert an existing asphalt lot into a staff parking lot.

The Public Works Department report said the Thomco Construction contract would cost up to $2.98 million, which includes the base contract amount of $2,618,035 and a contingency of $361,965 to provide for any necessary change orders. Thomco was one of 16 contractors to bid on the project.

Work could begin around August after the contract is awarded, and is expected to be complete by Spring 2022.

The report said work schedules will be phased to reduce impact on recreation center operations. No impact is expected on summer pool programming.

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