Finding a replacement home for the flood-ruined and now-demolished Time Check Recreation Center didn’t get easier after all.
A month ago, a City Hall task force — weary of trying to find a spot for the new rec center and up against a federal funding deadline to get it built — announced with some celebration that the perfect spot for the new $3-million facility was in Cleveland Park, the 8.5-acre neighborhood park that borders busy First Avenue SW at 1600 Eighth Ave. SW.
No one, though, had asked the park’s neighbors. And it turns out that many of them are not happy about replacing open green space with a rec building and a parking lot, and they’re organized now to try to make the point. More than 100 have signed a petition against a rec-center in Cleveland Park.
“Trying to shoehorn this big a project into a neighborhood park is nuts,” says Gaylon Heetland, a financial consultant who moved to the neighborhood last year, in large part because of the park.
Where do think the best rec center location would be?