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Goodyear Recreation Campus groundbreaking followup for WVV

-Are things going according to plan? 

Yes, this project is on time and on budget!

-What part of 2020 will construction begin?  

Construction is underway now on the Goodyear Recreation Campus.

-What part of 2021 will the park be ready? 

The Goodyear Recreation Campus, which includesa 30-acre park, recreation center, and aquatic facility will be open in the summer of 2021. 

-What is the projected total cost?

The total project budget is $67M which includes master planning, design, and construction.

-What has been spent on the design portion to date? 

To date, approximately $2.6M of the total project budget has been spent on master planning, design and preconstruction services.

-Are there any grants or is this entirely city-funded? 

This project is funded by Impact Fees, General Obligation Bonds, and General Funds.

What's the status on construction bids? 

The city is working with Hunter Contracting Coto build the recreation campus..

-...is this expected to be one of the biggest if not biggest city parks in the Valley

Though not one of the largest parks in the Valley, the Goodyear Recreation Campus is unique as it was designed based on the needs and input from the community. It will provide recreational opportunities for all ages, abilities and interests by and be a year-round destination will indoor activities, an aquatic center and plenty of shade.


'Parks matter': Construction begins on the Goodyear Recreation Campus

Post Date:10/01/2019 9:55 AM

A two-word theme surrounded the groundbreaking of the long-awaited Goodyear Recreation Campus.

"Parks matter," said Goodyear Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Torres to the guests who attended the Tuesday morning ceremony. "They matter to families who will create lifelong memories picnicking, barbecuing and celebrating. They matter to those that are looking for an escape from the daily stresses of life, sitting under a bench under a tree, or taking a stroll down one of the many paths. Parks matter to our active adults who will find plenty of space to gather, socialize, partake in group activities such as Bunco, card games and fitness."

GO HERE to watch the entire groundbreaking ceremony.

The recreation campus will be located at West Harrison street and South Estrella Parkway. It will include a 30-acre park complete with baseball, softball and multipurpose fields; tennis, basketball, pickleball and sand volleyball courts; a playground, public art and plaza. It will also include a 48,000-square-foot recreation facility complete with multipurpose rooms, lockers and showers, fitness areas and an aquatic facility.

The center is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2021.

"It is like no other because it was planned and designed by the community," Torres said, noting over 1,100 members of the community contributed to the rec center's planning. "It will be like no other because it will serve as the ultimate gathering place for our residents. It will be like no other because every aspect of this project provides recreational opportunities for all ages, all abilities and all interests ... Simply put, it is like no other because Goodyear is like no other."

Vice Mayor Bill Stipp and the Goodyear City Council were on hand for the groundbreaking, along with State Representative Joanne Osborne and members of each sector of Goodyear city government.

Representatives from DWL Architects, Hunter Contracting and consulting firm Kimley-Horn, all of which will assist in the construction of the rec campus, were also in attendance.

"This has been an undertaking of epic proportions," Stipp said. "It is certainly going to serve us for decades, and generations after generation will enjoy this campus. We know that this campus is going to exceed all of our expectations. We're very excited about that."


Goodyear council approves rec campus master plan : link to article

Goodyear’s long-awaited recreation campus is coming to fruition, with the city council recently approving its master plan. The project has entered the scoping and costing phase, which is anticipated to take three to four months.

The culmination of a lengthy outreach process that began last fall, the Goodyear Recreation Campus Master Plan incorporated input from residents, stakeholders and city staff.

“We have this great master plan that is very much supported by the community as well as city council,” explained Nathan Torres, Goodyear’s Parks and Recreation director.

The 86-acre recreation campus will consist of a 30-acre community park, a 50-acre city park, a recreation center and an aquatics facility. Split into two phases, the first – and current – phase will focus on the 30-acre community park, recreation center and aquatics facility, all of which comprise the eastern 40 acres of the site, Torres said. The western 46 acres will come later.

“The next phase for us is to refine our scope and come up with some cost projections, and so we’re working with contractors to give us a better understanding of what the cost will be for providing this facility,” Torres said.

Bonds, impact fees and the general fund will pay for the project, although the breakdown  and budget amount hasn’t yet been finalized, confirmed Goodyear spokeswoman Sherine Zaya.

Following scoping and costing, the project will return to city council in preparation for the design phase, which will nail the specifics.

“We anticipate that that next phase, which is the design phase, could take approximately a year,” Torres said. “We’re targeting to begin that in fall of 2018 and that will take us all the way through fall of 2019.”

Torres hopes for phase one construction – which he estimates to be a 12-month window – to begin in fall 2019. The phase one recreation campus would open in 2020.

‘The ultimate gathering place’

Phase one will include the 30-acre community park, the recreation center and the aquatics facility.

The recreation center, Torres said, will include a high school regulation-sized multipurpose gymnasium.

“Our approach with kind of planning out the recreation center is making sure it’s as versatile as possible, it provides us the most flexibility to be able to have rooms that can convert very easily,” he said.

The aquatics center, on the other hand, may include a zero-depth leisure pool with slides, a lazy river and splash play features, and a lap pool.

As conceptualized in the master plan, the community park may include two baseball/softball fields, two multiuse fields, a group ramada, two tennis courts, two basketball courts, six pickleball courts, two volleyball courts, a playground, and a plaza area with public art, restrooms and an amphitheater. Trails and paths, picnic areas, and several parking sites are also planned.

“To keep in line with the vision of this project for mayor and council, they wanted the ultimate gathering place for our community,” Torres explained about the public art area.

Playground and public art specifics have yet to be determined, though Torres said the Arts and Culture Commission is looking into the latter. He anticipates it to be an interactive and multisensory centerpiece to the plaza.

The primary difference between the project’s two phases, Torres said, is the community park is “meant to serve residents within the 3- to 5-mile radius of the park.”

The future phase two city park will be more regional amenities, he contrasted. The master plan concept shows four baseball/softball fields, a play/splash pad, a picnic area, multiuse fields, a skate plaza and an obstacle course, as well as a multiuse plaza and fishing pier by a lake. There could be additional parking, restrooms and paths and trails.

Though phase two also utilized community input, Torres said, it’s just conceptual. A firm timetable on its design, planning and construction is not set.

A prime location

The recreation campus will be located at the northwest corner of Estrella Parkway and Goodyear Boulevard North, partially surrounding the BASIS Goodyear charter school.

The campus boasts a variety of potential opportunities for regional connectivity, including Desert Edge High School to the immediate south, the neighboring Wildflower Ranch community, and a future city center and other multifamily homes.

“Our overall citywide Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Master Plan that was adopted in 2014 is basically our governing document that guides us in park development, and so the findings from that citywide master plan identify that there is a need for additional amenities, specifically it mentioned in central Goodyear,” Torres explained.

“It mentioned the need for two 30-acre community parks, an aquatics facility, a 30,000-square-foot recreation center, as well as walking paths and trails. And so the site selection really offered us an opportunity to check a lot of those boxes off and provide great synergy by putting it all on one campus.”

To follow the campus’s progress, visit goodyearaz.gov/reccampus.

Goodyear Council approves Rec Campus Master Plan : link to article

Residents asked to help shape future recreation campus

The concept under consideration will be presented at an open house on Thursday, April 5th

Post Date: 03/26/2018 3:48 PM

Goodyear, Ariz. (March 26, 2018) – Using the ideas, vision and suggestions from Goodyear residents, city staff are working on a plan to transform 86 acres of dirt, located at the corner of Goodyear Boulevard North and Estrella Parkway (just north of Desert Edge High School), into open space and amenities for all generations. Phase I will include a 30-acre park, 30,000+ square foot recreation center, and an outdoor aquatic facility.

The concept under consideration will be presented at an open house on Thursday, April 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Goodyear Library Community Room, 14455 W. Van Buren Street, Suite C-102.

For more information, to join the mailing list, and to provide input, visit the project website at www.goodyearaz.gov/reccampus or email parkplanning@goodyearaz.gov.

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Public input molded into three options for future recreation campus

Attend an open house on Thursday, Mar. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Goodyear Library Community Room to view and provide reaction to the final three concepts for a future recreation campus.

Post Date: 02/14/2018 11:08 AM

Public input molded into three options for future recreation campus 

View finalist concepts at open house

Recreation Campus Concept Display
Thursday, Mar. 1: Open House
5 – 7 p.m.
Goodyear Library Community Room, 14455 W. Van Buren Street, Suite C-102

Goodyear, Ariz. (Feb. 14, 2018) – Goodyear residents are invited to an open house on Thursday, Mar. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Goodyear Library Community Room, 14455 W. Van Buren Street, to view and provide reaction to the final three concepts created from public input for a future recreation campus.

During this open house style meeting, residents can provide input and learn more about the layout and design of the recreation facility, aquatics center and surrounding recreation campus. The future community gathering space is part of the City Council’s vision to offer healthy choices and recreation opportunities for people of all ages and abilities that adds to the sense of community and quality of life in Goodyear.

The designs for one of the city’s largest capital projects have been shaped by ideas and suggestions received from Goodyear residents and community stakeholders through two previous public meetings, HOA presentations, an online survey, continuous email submissions and community dialogue. Using this input, city staff will recommend a plan to the City Council at the May 21 meeting that will ultimately transform 86 acres of dirt, located at the corner of Goodyear Boulevard North and Estrella Parkway (just north of Desert Edge High School), into a 30-acre park, 30,000+ square foot recreation center, and an outdoor aquatic facility.

For more information, to join the mailing list, and to provide input, visit the project website at www.goodyearaz.gov/reccampus or email parkplanning@goodyearaz.gov.

Goodyear to Host Forum in 86 Acre Recreation Campus - AZ Business Daily : link to article

Residents Asked to Help Shape Goodyear Recreation Campus - West Valley View : link to article

Residents asked to help shape future recreation campus

What makes a community park outstanding? What activities belong in a recreation center? How do you want to cool off in the summer heat? Share your ideas!

Post Date: 11/06/2017 8:24 AM

For Immediate Release

Contact: Amy Bolton, Public Information Officer
Office: (623) 882-7053
amy.bolton@goodyearaz.gov 

Residents asked to help shape future recreation campus 

Goodyear asks: “What recreation activities do you want to experience?”

Recreation Campus Concept Review Open House
Thursday, Dec. 7
5 – 7 p.m.
Goodyear Library Community Room, 14455 W. Van Buren Street, Suite C-102

Goodyear, Ariz. (Nov. 6, 2017) – What makes a community park outstanding? What activities belong in a recreation center? How do you want to cool off in the summer heat? These are just some of the questions residents helped the city of Goodyear answer in an idea sharing session held on Oct. 26 to help plan a new recreation campus coming to the city in 2020.

Using the ideas, vision and suggestions from Goodyear residents, city staff are working on a plan to transform 86 acres of dirt, located at the corner of Goodyear Boulevard and Estrella Parkway (just north of Desert Edge High School), into an alluring open space brimming with imaginative and practical amenities for people of all generations.  Phase I of this plan will include development of a 30-acre park, 30,000-40,000 square foot recreation center, and an outdoor aquatic facility.

The concepts under consideration will be presented for further discussion and more public input at an open house on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Goodyear Library Community Room, 14455 W. Van Buren Street, Suite C-102.

The future community gathering space is part of the City Council’s vision to offer healthy choices and recreation opportunities for people of all ages and abilities that adds to the sense of community and quality of life in Goodyear.

For more information, to join the mailing list, and to provide input, visit the project website at www.goodyearaz.gov/reccampus or email parkplanning@goodyearaz.gov.

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Residents asked to help shape Goodyear recreation campus by Christina Fuoco-Karasinski, West Valley View

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Amy Bolton, Public Information Officer
 
Office: (623) 882-7053
 amy.bolton@goodyearaz.gov 

 Residents asked to help shape future recreation campus

Goodyear asks: “What recreation activities do you want to experience?” 

Recreation Campus Idea Sharing Sessions
Thursday, Oct. 26: Ideas Collected
Thursday, Dec. 7: Ideas Presented

5 – 7 p.m.
Goodyear Library Community Room, 14455 W. Van Buren Street, Suite C-102

Goodyear, Ariz. (Oct. 10, 2017) – Creative and innovative ideas are sought to help shape the design of a recreation campus in Goodyear. To appeal to multi-generations, the campus will feature an indoor recreation center, outdoor aquatics and a 30-acre park. Residents are invited to an idea sharing session on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Goodyear Library Community Room, 14455 W. Van Buren Street, Suite C-102.

At the session, held open house style, participants will be able to learn about the project and share their ideas, priorities and vision. Ideas will be collected, compiled and incorporated into design concepts that will be presented for public feedback at the second open house meeting on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library Community Room.

“Residents told us that having additional recreation opportunities is among their top priorities,” said Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Torres. “This campus is truly a resident-driven amenity, so we welcome ideas to help shape what this campus can bring to Goodyear.” 

Located at the northwest corner of Goodyear Boulevard and Estrella Parkway, the 86-acre parcel of land that will house the recreation campus, scheduled to open in 2020, is just north of Desert Edge High School.

The future park is part of the City Council’s vision to offer healthy choices and recreation opportunities for people of all ages and abilities that adds to the sense of community and quality of life in Goodyear.

For more information, to join the mailing list, and to provide input, visit the project website at www.goodyearaz.gov/reccampus or email parkplanning@goodyearaz.gov.

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About Goodyear
As one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, the city of Goodyear is poised to rapidly add to the current population of 78,189. Set in the West Valley of metropolitan Phoenix, the city encompasses 191 square miles. Home to a strong, educated and skilled workforce, Goodyear is well-positioned for growth. Featuring an ideal location, major transportation corridors – Interstate 10 and State Route 303 – reliable infrastructure, abundant land and a low cost of living, Goodyear has already attracted many major employers including Amazon, REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Macy’s, Subzero and the Michael Lewis Company. As the spring training home of Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians, fans from across the country flock to catch the exciting action at Goodyear Ballpark. A thriving healthcare corridor, anchored by Abrazo West Campus and Cancer Treatment Centers of America, serves not only the community but the entire region. Supported by a strong median household income of $69,078 and a median age of 36.7 years, the diverse retail, dining and recreation options offer residents choices to enjoy and support the local community. According to the most recent satisfaction survey, 93% of residents rate Goodyear as a good/excellent place to live.