UofA specialist meeting with public to assess HI recreation complex

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- University of Arkansas Health and Physical Education Department Professor Joseph Gaa will conduct three sessions on June 6 to meet with Holiday Island commissioners, staff, organizational leaders and residents as part of a needs assessment for a recreation complex which could include an indoor swimming pool along with other amenities.

The sessions will take place at the Recreation Center, with the public meeting taking place at 6 p.m. Residents are encouraged to bring questions, ideas and suggestions for what they would like to see in a recreation complex.

Gaa and his students will generate a questionnaire from the input received during the sessions, which will be mailed to all Holiday Island property owners by the end of June. Answers will then be tabulated, with results anticipated to be presented in the fall for a community meeting to discuss them.

"From there, we'll get a concept development from an architect," said Recreation Center Director Doug Joyce.

The proposed complex could mean razing of The Barn, which is one of the oldest structures in the development. Due to utility costs in the winter, the commission is anxious to replace The Barn.

The creation of a recreation complex is expected to be costly, and Joyce said the district will be looking for partners in the project.

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