Community Recreation Center expansion comes with high points as well as growing pains
June 7, 2016
While the Windsor Parks, Recreation and Culture department has felt some growing pains over the last year, overall the challenges have brought staff closer together.
With 13 new full-time positions filled this season and 120 seasonal employees hired, the department has ramped up for increased operations and the opening of the expanded Community Recreation Center this fall.
"What is great about working with people in the parks and recreation profession is they're all very adaptable," Department Director Eric Lucas said. "It's been fun and good team bonding."
Those 13 new positions are made up of six new front desk jobs, a communication coordinator, three aquatics specialists and three recreation coordinators.
The candidates filling the positions come from across Colorado and the country, ranging from internal hires to new employees from Iowa and Missouri.
The department also added an intern position, which will be filled by a student from North Carolina, Lucas said.
"There's a pretty good representation," Lucas said.
However, the transition hasn't come without a staff loss.
One of the department's more senior staff members, Art and Heritage Manager Andrew Dunehoo, was let go Thursday afternoon.
Lucas said he is not allowed to discuss personnel issues or the specifics of why Dunehoo was let go.
While staff shifts have happened inside the CRC, the work on and around it has gone fairly smoothly thus far with the exception of some painting in the natatorium.
Crews have been delayed finding the correct paint that will create a secure envelope — area controlling humidity and water within the aquatics building — for the new add on.
"That's been a little bit of a challenge right now," Lucas said.
Once that work is figured out, construction crews will remove the plywood creating a deck over the pool at the moment and begin laying tile.
Once the pool opens, one aquatics staff member will be dedicated to each water recreation spot around town: Windsor Lake, Chimney Park Pool and the new aquatics center.
During the winter months, all three will work at the CRC.
Construction crews recently poured the concrete for the indoor track, as well, which will provide residents a 12-lap indoor mile.
Their work on the auxiliary gym structure nears completion, as well. Soon, crews will begin working on the interior elements and equipment installation, Lucas said.
During the physical construction, staff has also been working on putting together the fall activity guide, which will reach Lucas as a first draft June 13.
With the completion of the CRC, the department can move all its regular classes and additional yoga and cardio programming indoors. During construction, they've had to relocate to other facilities and outdoors from time to time.
"Overall, that's gone really well," he said. "I think it's been pretty smooth."
Lucas hopes that throughout the transition and staff changes, the public isn't able to perceive any of the challenges or strains the growth has placed on the department.
"We're trying to make sure that we don't miss any beats in the public eye," he said. "Sometimes it might feel like organized chaos, but it's multitasking."