During the planning for the 2012 Bond Election in 2011-2012 the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) completed a needs assessment for the Montopolis Recreation Center, including a feasibility study to help inform PARD on the overall health of the facility. The study confirmed that the structure had numerous issues and a replacement facility needed to be constructed. During the bond development process the Health and Human Services Department (HHSD) identified the need for a new Neighborhood Center to provide service in Southeast Austin. Between December 2011 and May 2012, a Bond Election Advisory Task Force (BEATF) held thirteen (13) regular meetings and twenty-four (24) committee meetings to identify proposed projects for bond funding, during which time discussions took place directing City staff to combine as many facilities as possible in compliance with the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan and its goals. With this directive, PARD and HHSD collaborated to combine the proposed new Montopolis Recreation Center with the proposed Southeast Austin-area Neighborhood Center, as both departments submitted facility projects to serve the Montopolis community with complimentary health and wellness program goals. The partnership resulted in an increase in the overall funding for the Recreation building. The budget went from $9 million to $11.78 million for the recreation portion of the center and $3.72 million for HHSD portion of the center was added for a total of $15.5 million.
Download the Bond history and process
Download the presentation to the BEATF, click here Montopolis Joint Use Facility.
Download the memo in support of the project from the Parks and Recreation Board during the Bond Program Process.