The City of Delta Recreation Department has been awarded a $50,000 Daniels Fund grant to support expansion, improvements and accessibility to health and wellness activities at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.
Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his generosity to those in need, established the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
Funding areas include youth development and programs for older adults, both of which are provided by the recreation center through a variety of programs and services.
A $2.2 million expansion project is currently underway at the facility. The project will add 6,900 square feet to the natatorium, which will include a wellness pool with warmer water, a walking or "lazy" river, and replacement of the failed therapy pool. Included is an ultraviolet light sanitation system for the pool which will require fewer chemicals.
The fitness area will have an additional 2,900 square feet which will allow more spacing between machines and separate areas for different types of services.
The rec center recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. It currently measures 52,000 square feet and houses a gymnasium, natatorium, sauna, locker rooms, racquetball courts, weight room, aerobics and dance studio, activity room, conference and meeting rooms, staff lounge and offices.
Recreation center director Wilma Erven said the expansion project is right on schedule. The pool and adjoining locker rooms will be closed Aug. 19 and will re-open no later than Sept. 30. They'll be closed again a few days at the end of the project, when the walls separating the expansion from the existing building will be knocked down.blog comments powered by Disqus