- PARKS & RECREATION
- Parks Capital Improvement Projects
PARKS & RECREATION CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
THANK YOU REPUBLIC!
In August 2022, the citizens of Republic voted in favor of renewing two (2) existing sales taxes for the Republic Parks & Recreation Department.
One-Quarter Cent Local Parks Sales Tax: To assist in funding Parks & Recreation General Operations including General Park Operations (utilities, insurance, supplies), Personnel - Recreation, Maintenance, Aquatics (full-time, part-time, 150-170 seasonal), Park Maintenance (upkeep, beautification, renovation projects), Facility Maintenance (upkeep, renovation projects), Community Special Events/Programming, and various other general expenses.
One-Quarter Cent Parks Capital Improvements Sales Tax: For Parks & Recreation Capital Improvement Projects. Ballot language included three (3) specific projects listed below. Any additional funding could be used for other park projects.
- Expansion of the Republic Aquatic Center
- Development of a Farmers Market/Community Event Space at J.R. Martin Park
- Development of a Large Community Park Featuring a Regional Athletic Complex
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Information, project timelines, renderings, construction progress photos, etc. will be routinely updated and shared below!
REPUBLIC AQUATIC CENTER EXPANSION
The Republic Aquatic Center Expansion will nearly double the size of our existing facility! This project includes a 575 ft. lazy river, an additional zero-depth entry area, expanded party zones, cabanas for private rental, terraced seating, large island with bridge access, support facilities, food truck space, and two additional slides (project alternate - if funding allows).
- Final Schematic Design: January 2023
- Project Bidding: Late February-Early March 2023
- Bid Award: March 21, 2023
- Construction: April 2023-May 2024
- Target Completion Date: 2024 Season @ The RAC
FARMERS MARKET/COMMUNITY EVENT SPACE @ J.R. MARTIN PARK
The development of a farmers market/community event space at J.R. Martin Park will create a truly unique event space for the City of Republic! In addition to The Amp (outdoor amphitheater constructed in 2014), Phase 1 of this project will add several improvements to J.R. Martin Park including a large farmers market pavilion, plaza space with seating, food truck space, expanded parking, trail connections to the new space, art elements, and a concession/storage building (if funding allows). Phase 2 includes an outdoor classroom, unique play elements, and additional art and educational elements.
COMMUNITY PARK & REGIONAL ATHLETIC COMPLEX
The development of large community park featuring a regional athletic complex is the largest of our three (3) projects. The development will take place on 136 acres along James River Freeway. The site already houses a city water tower and will be located adjacent to realigned MM Highway and the Republic School District's new 5/6 Center (pending voter approval). Phase 1 of this project is slated to include five (5) baseball/softball fields, four (4) soccer/multisport fields, 12 pickleball courts, entry pavilion, retention pond, large areas of green space, support facilities, and parking. Phase 2 of the project is essentially a replica of Phase 1 on the other end of the property.