Fort Lupton rec center upgrades are front and center  

Fort Lupton’s Recreation Department would love to see some upgrades to the city’s Recreation Center, some of which made their way to the Fort Lupton City Council during an April 12 town hall.
Voters approved a bond package in 2002 to build the center. That bond is due to be paid off in November. Parks and Recreation Director Monty Schuman said the original plan was to add another gym, an aquatics area and extra fitness space to the building.
“We wanted to pay off the current bond first before looking to expand,” he wrote in an email. “The good thing is this expansion would have minimal impact on staffing. Current staff would be able to accommodate the impact.”
Aquatics Coordinator Doug Cook targeted the fitness room – he called it “packed” and Councilman Carlos Barron agreed – more than once during his April 12 presentation.
“There’s not a lot we can do in there,” Cook said.
Cook also discussed a new, smaller pool — 28-by-60 feet in size and four lanes wide — that wouldn’t use as much water as a regular lap pool.
Schuman hopes to expand the aquatic area and add a programming pool.
“These pools are much smaller than traditional lap pools,” he said. “It would serve lessons, water aerobics and senior classes. The water temperatures in these environments are generally much warmer than current lap and leisure pools, making them much more user friendly.
“We could use it for a senior aerobics class," Cook explained. "The temperature is about 92 or 93 degrees. Our pool right now (with two lanes) is about 86. It’s warm, but it’s not what little kids should use.” 
Cook also outlined plans for two pickleball courts at Railroad Park, across the street from the Rec Center and close to a new outdoor fitness center. He wants to spend about $41,000, including labor and materials, to construct a 64-by-64-foot concrete slab. The total cost for the courts is about $55,000, which would include an 8-foot fence around the courts.
Schuman said total cost for improvements was about $10 million, not including a bond payoff plus interest rate, which could add an additional $8 million to $10 million, depending on the rate at the time of purchase.
Cook told councilors the price tag “isn’t going to go down."
“Luckily, when we did the original building, we put some things in place to be able to add on,” Cook said. “We tried to anticipate the time when we would look at expansion.”
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