The demolition of Normandy Park’s former recreation center is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 6, 2022.
“This building has served the community well for over 65 years and has reached the end of its life span,” the city said.
Here is a historical timeline for the buildings at City Hall Park:
- 1950’s – The Highline School District constructed the current facilities in the 1950’s.
- 1987 – The city reportedly purchased the property for $1 after the Highline School District determined it no longer needed the facility.
- 2014 – City Council formed the Facilities Planning Task Force.
- 2015 – The final report of the Facilities Planning Task Force was presented to the council in November.
- 2019 – The city contracted with a consultant to evaluate the safety and feasibility of repairing the Recreation Center. After learning that the critical and necessary repairs indicated in the report would increase the building’s structural integrity to only approximately 60% of current codes, the City Council determined building replacement was the best option for the city.
- 2020 – The city closed the recreation center due to Covid and the structural deficiencies found in the Recreation Center.
- 2021 – The City Council approved a conceptual site plan for a new Civic Center at City Hall Park.
- 2022 – Contract for the demolition of the former approved.
While it will be noisy, the contractor does not anticipate any disruption to City Hall Park during the demolition work.
If you want to learn more about the plans for a new recreation center, join the Town Hall meeting on Monday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at The Cove Normandy Park Community Club.
The City paid market price for the former school. My recollection is it was about $750,000.