On Wednesday Montrose residents were invited to hear more about the Woodgate Master Plan, an effort to build the first multi-purpose community recreation center.
At this point in time the Aquatics Center is the closest thing to a recreation center in Montrose. However many believe the community has outgrown the roughly 25-year-old facility.
The Montrose Recreation District (MRD) began an effort to bring a recreation center to the community in 2011 but the majority of voters said no in 2012.
"That although the need for a community rec center was there, that the plan needed to be improved upon and that the community wasn't so excited about the sales tax," said Barbara Bynum, a board member of the MRD.
Ken Sherbenou, executive director of the MRD, said, "We're really trying to address that in terms of looking for dollars in grants, from fundraising."
Now they have a new plan, "That includes a gym, an indoor walking track, a warm-water leisure pool, a cool-water lap pool and has a whole bunch of amenities to improve the quality of life here in Montrose," said Sherbenou.
Montrose resident Eileen Johnson is in favor of the proposed rec center, "I think it's just a great boost for the community, to have a facility where we can all congregate, where we can go recreate in many ways."
Officials have invested in a future location, "We purchased 26 acres on Woodgate, which is a great location for a community rec center. That 26 acres gives us a lot of room to expand in the future and really plan the needs for our community," said Bynum.
While they have raised a significant amount of money for the center, it could still cost residents.
"With grants, partnership and fundraising, that gap narrows, so the tax, if there's another proposal, is going to be a more narrow gap," said Sherbenou.
"Sales tax or property tax I'd pay either one because I think it's well worth the money invested," said Johnson.
Two separate community meetings were held on Wednesday, another one will be held in November. Officials say they want to hear from the public about what they would like from a rec center.
To learn more about the Woodgate Master Plan, click here