Stuart Johnson, Deseret News
Brandon Houghton of Lindon shoots some hoops at the new Pleasant Grove Community Center, which opened on Tuesday.

PLEASANT GROVE — The Pleasant Grove Leisure Services Recreation Department opened its new 77,000-square-foot community center Tuesday. In time, the department hopes the facility will be the home for recreation and cultural activities in the north Utah County city.

At the center's opening, Pleasant Grove Mayor Mike Daniels said that some 66 percent of the city's residents voted to authorize the issuance of a $5 million bond that, along with some help from the Alpine School District, made the facility possible.

"Less than a year ago we were in a field over here and the football boys were out laying sod, and here we are today inside this community center for all of us to enjoy," said Daniels. "My hat's off to everyone that has participated in this."

The center, 547 S. Locust Ave., sits adjacent to Pleasant Grove High School, which will utilize parts of the facility during the school year.

The building's amenities include three full-size gyms and full-service locker rooms, as well as cardio and weight-lifting equipment areas. The facility also has six classrooms, an indoor track, a dance and aerobic room and a day care.

Officials even planned for an aquatics center that could be added to the facility someday.

"We have designed it so that as the needs of the city grow, the facility can also grow with it," said Jered Plouzek of Mark Wilson Architects.

Part of making the center a reality depended on the assistance of Alpine School District, which agreed to a land swap with the city so the center could be built at its current size. The school district also helped contribute to the parking lot area and landscaping, which stretched the construction budget.

"(This land swap) is not common everywhere," Alpine District Superintendent Vernon Henshaw said. "So I think to a great degree it is exciting to see something like this come about with people working together and benefiting the community, and we are glad to be a part of it."

The recreation facilities are now available as well as several classes open to the community . The child day care is expected to be operating in September.

Residents and non-residents may purchase passes to the center on an annual, semi-annual and monthly basis. The city's recreation department hopes to continue to provide the best programs and activities possible.

"The community center is still a work in progress, and as members join us during the coming days, weeks and months you will see things added, here and there, as we see a need for more classes and programs," recreation manager Jay Dee Nielsen said.


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