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New Century Fieldhouse proposed as permanent name for JCPRD's new indoor sports facility
POSTED: 06/18/2010
 
A temporary name Johnson County Park & Recreation District officials have been using to refer to an indoor sports facility currently being developed for an early 2011 opening near Gardner is now being proposed as the building's permanent name, and the public now has an opportunity to weigh in on the naming as well.

"New Century Fieldhouse" is the name which has been used internally by District officials for the 88,000-square foot warehouse at the New Century Air Center near Gardner which was acquired by the JCPRD earlier this year. This name was also recommended from among 30 suggested by District staff and approved for recommendation to the full Board during the June 7 meeting of the Board's Administrative Services/ Recreation Committee.

“The Board liked it because it immediately gives a geographical distinction to where the facility is located and the fact that “New Century” gives the impression that we are moving into a new era of services that we can provide to the community – which we are. I think it’s a great fit.” Superintendent of Recreation Jill Geller said

During their June 16 regular monthly meeting, District Board members voted as part of their consent agenda to adopt New Century Fieldhouse as the facility's permanent name. Under a District naming policy, this triggers a 30-day public notice period during which citizens can submit written comments and suggestions about the naming issue to the Board Chair. Those wishing to do so can make their comments through the District's website at www.jcprd.com or by mail to: Board Chair, JCPRD, 7904 Renner Road, Shawnee Mission, KS, 66219. To be considered, comments must be postmarked by July 16. The Board is expected to consider all comments and final action on the naming during its July 21 regular meeting.

Located at 551 New Century Parkway about two minutes off Interstate 35, the New Century Fieldhouse is being fast-tracked for a tentative opening in early 2011. Preliminary plans for the facility, which were approved in concept during the Board's May 19 meeting, call for using one side of the building to develop a multi-use sports court area including courts for basketball, volleyball, and futsal (five-man indoor soccer). On the other side of the building will be a 100-by-200-foot turf field that can be used for soccer, football, lacrosse, and other field sports. Plans also include a 78-by-28-foot multipurpose room which will provide programming and meeting space, a two-story office area with offices, restrooms, and concessions and an upper floor with four party rooms and a large open viewing deck with a guard rail overlooking the facility.

Efforts are continuing to progress towards development of the facility. It is anticipated plans for bidding, which were developed by consultants DLR Group in conjunction with staff and board members, will be issued on Monday, June 21. The plans will also go into simultaneous code review for permitting. The bids will be due by 2 p.m. on July 15 and it is anticipated the Board will consider action on construction bids during its July 21 meeting. Officials anticipate construction will begin in mid-August.

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For more information, contact Superintendent of Recreation Jill Geller at (913) 236-1242.

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