Recreation Center Development FAQ
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Recreation Center Development FAQ
1. What’s wrong with the current Recreation Center? Why make changes now?

The current Recreation Center is over 40 years old and has undergone multiple major renovations.  The facility requires significant roof work and may not meet the expectations of the community in its capacity as an emergency shelter.  The building spaces have served the City well but may not be flexible enough to meet the future recreation needs of a changing Foster City demographic.




2. How much will the improvements/change to the center cost?

Phase I of the Recreation Center Master Plan Project Phase is an outreach and needs analysis phase.  The data that is gathered in Phase I will dictate the recommended next steps which could include renovation or expansion of the existing facility, a complete rebuild of the facility in Leo Ryan Park or other options.  The cost of the project cannot be forecast until the scope of the project is studied and decided.  The cost will be estimated when more information is available.




3. How will the project be funded? Will this affect my taxes?

Available funding mechanisms will be identified when costs are better understood.  Any direct assessment to taxpayers will be approved by voters as required by law.




4. How long will the project take? Is there a project timeline?

Phase I (needs assessment and outreach) is planned through February 2017.  Future phases will be defined based on the City Council's direction for the project based upon the findings from Phase I.




5. How will the residents or businesses of Foster City be impacted during the construction process? Noise? Traffic?

There are always impacts associated with construction activities.  Until the scope of the project is defined, the extent of disruption cannot be determined.




6. How will normal recreation activities (classes, programs, services etc.) be affected?

Continuity of Recreation programming will be a high priority for the City regardless of the scope of the project.  Continuity plans will be developed when the scope of the project is finalized.




7. What are the proposed changes to the Recreation Center?

The goal of the Recreation Center Master Plan Phase I is to gather information about the future trends in Recreation services and the needs of the community for Recreation programming.  Between now and February 2017, we encourage all residents to be part of the conversation that will define what changes are recommended for the City Council to consider.




8. Will I get a say in any changes?

The goal of the Recreation Center Master Plan Phase I is to gather information about the future trends in Recreation services and the needs of the community for Recreation programming.  Between now and February 2017, we encourage all residents to be part of the conversation that will define what changes are recommended for the City Council to consider.




9. Where can I learn more about the project?

The City has set up a webpage with reference information and a schedule of upcoming meetings.  Go to this page for more information.








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