Kempsville Recreation Center
, located at 800 Monmouth Lane in the heart of Kempsville, opened in 1977 as Virginia Beach's first community recreation center. Though it's the city's oldest recreation center, it remains one of the busiest.
The center is much loved, but it's over 35 years old and a 2009 facility assessment rated the overall condition of the facility as “poor.” Improvements are needed for accessibility and ADA compliance, and the plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems are nearing the end of their lifecycles. The existing pool and associated infrastructure require additional significant renovations.
A consultant, HBA Architecture, evaluated potential cost savings and lifecycle costs associated with retaining the existing pool and other portions of the facility, particularly those components that were renovated in the last five years. Four options were provided for consideration:
- Retaining the pool, demolishing the remaining facility, and building a 2-story addition;
- Reusing the side of the existing facility which houses the theater and meeting rooms, demolishing the remaining facility, and building a 1-story structure;
- Completely demolishing the existing facility, and building a new facility. The main entrance for this option faces Monmouth Lane; or
- Completely demolishing the existing facility, and building a new facility whose entrance faces north to provide greater energy efficiency.
Both HBA and City staff recommend demolishing the existing structure and constructing an entirely new building. Option 4, which has the lowest 30-year Estimated Cost of Energy and the lowest present value Total 30-Year Life Cycle Cost, is the preferred option for which concept plans have been developed.
Draft Concept Plan (updated September 2014)
At 79,457 square feet, the draft concept plan includes a more efficient use of space featuring:
- double gymnasium
- indoor walking/jogging track
- fitness areas with
- free weights
- circuit weight equipment
- cardiovascular equipment
- group fitness class / dance space
- pool with
- zero-depth entry
- six 25-meter lap lanes
- two 1-meter diving boards
- aqua track
- leisure pool and indoor water play components
- therapeutic recreation program space
- locker rooms and family changing areas
- three child development rooms
- seven multipurpose rooms
- catering kitchen
- improved parking and pedestrian access
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Cost & Funding
In May 2012, City Council approved the Kempsville Community Recreation Center Modernization and funded with $8,910,696 in proceeds from bond sales in FY 12-13 and identified $11,089,304 in Charter Bonds in FY 14-15.
Based on the square footage and current construction costs, the project is estimated to cost $32 million. This includes design, construction, contingencies, furniture and equipment. Parks and Recreation staff are working to develop a solution to address this funding gap, which will need to be presented in the FY 14-15 budget.
Feedback on the draft concept plan was gathered during public meetings in early December 2013 and through Virtual Town Hall
. All feedback gleaned from the public strongly influenced the final concept plan, posted above.
- December 2013: Draft concept plans to be shared with residents through public meetings & Virtual Town Hall
- February 2014 - March 2015: Consultant team will develop detailed design and construction documents
May 2014: Updated CIP project to be considered by City Council with FY 15 Resource Management Plan
December 2014: Kempsville Recreation Center to close
February - April 2015: Kempsville Recreation Center to be demolished
July 2015 - November 2016: Construction of new Kempsville Recreation Center
December 2016: The new Kempsville Recreation Center will open