The Orange City Council Tuesday agreed to spend $3 million in bond money for a new recreation center for indoors sports and other activities. The “rec center” will be designed from the old Natatorium.
Plans call for the pool to be filled in. The frame can be used and new exterior walls will be installed. The interior will be new.
Mayor Larry Spears Jr. has been pushing for the rec center. He said people complain about children having nothing to do. With the rec center, they will be able to have sports and also do arts and crafts, plus have birthday parties.
The city is planning to sell $8 million worth of bonds to be paid back during the next 20 years. The bonds can be paid back without a tax increase because the city has finished with the bonds used to build the police station.
The city will also use the bonds for $3.1 million in street repairs, building a pavilion at the boat ramp, buying a new fire department pumper truck, getting a generator to run the future city hall on 16th Street, plus $200,000 for improving the appearance of 16th Street.
-Margaret Toal, KOGT-