New $24.3 million facility to be ‘biggest and nicest' in county, officials say
by Robert Dongu | Staff Writer | Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The White Oak Community Recreation Center will have a vegetated "green" roof, serve more than 30,000 residents and become a blueprint for future Montgomery County rec centers, according to county officials.
"It's going to be by far the biggest and nicest center to date," said William Kaarid, an administrative specialist for the county Recreation Department, at a public forum June 10 at the Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center in Silver Spring. The forum was sponsored by the East County Citizens Advisory Board.
Officials confirmed that the center, to be located near the Paint Branch Stream Valley Park southeast of Route 29 and near April and Stewart lanes, will have a 2010 construction start time. The $24.3 million project is in the county's 2009-2014 Capital Improvements Program.
The 33,000-square-foot center will include a gym, exercise room, social hall, kitchen, senior/community lounge, arts and kiln room, game room, vending space, conference room, offices, restrooms, computer lab, multi-use athletic court, and storage space. The site will be on 22.9 acres of park land.