Leigh Armstrong

The borough assembly voted April 4 to approve new designs for about $17 million in additions to the community’s recreation center, including a swimming pool.

With the designs, the assembly can seek grants to help pay for the work and/or decide to pursue the project with borough funding.  

In approving the designs, the borough did not set any dates for when the funding-dependent project might begin.

Assemblymember Jay Burnham introduced the design, which was created by Architects Alaska in Anchorage and which provides proposed additions and alterations to the recreation center and estimated costs.

A pool would be added in a separate building on the empty lot next door, connected to the recreation center through a new lobby. 

Other additions would include spaces for exercise, administrative offices and upgrades to the building’s electrical systems. 

The architect estimates doing all the work as a single project would cost $16.8 million compared to $17.7 million if done as several projects.