The following information can answer questions about the expansion project and the program offerings planned for Larkspur Community Center.
What is planned for the Larkspur Community Center?
The 34,000 square foot expansion, connected to the existing facility, includes:
- A 5,000 square foot warm-water lifestyle pool with current channel and spa
- A 6,000 square foot fitness center and functional fitness space
- An indoor walk/jog track with 14 laps to a mile
- Group Exercise and Mind and Body rooms
- Locker rooms and private changing rooms
- Lounge and café area
- Outdoor patios and spaces
- New and expanded parking with entrances off of 15th and Reed Market
In the existing facility:
- The existing small fitness room will be expanded and become a multipurpose space, especially for senior exercise classes.
- Ceilings, lighting and flooring will be updated in many spaces not updated in recent years.
- Mechanical systems will be updated.
How will the Larkspur Community Center serve the community?
It will welcome people of all ages and abilities while continuing the legacy of the Bend Senior Center and further enhancing programs and opportunities for older adults.
Why is the name changed to Larkspur Community Center?
The Larkspur Community Center name refers to the entire facility including the existing Bend Senior Center and the new multigenerational expansion. Larkspur was selected because it is consistent with the park and the trail surrounding the facility.
Will Larkspur Community Center focus on seniors?
The Larkspur Community Center expansion will serve growing demographics across all sectors and age groups of the community. The facility is being designed to be especially responsive to the growth of older adults and seniors who will have a variety of interests and desires for fitness, social and wellness activities. The existing Bend Senior Center will continue to primarily serve seniors as it has for the past 17 years.
How will the District continue serving the more traditional senior needs?
The Bend Senior Center will continue to be a hub for the Meals on Wheels program, offer AARP, Medicare and social security info sessions, host weekly lunches and social dances, the Health and Wellness Fair, Lunch and Learns, and other services that are relied upon. Social activities such as cards and games, billiards, knitting, crafts, movies and much more will continue.
Some dedicated senior fitness classes will remain in the improved Bend Senior Center spaces. Other fitness programs will relocate to the two new fitness rooms in the Larkspur Expansion to take advantage of these specifically designed spaces.
How will schedules accommodate older adults and all ages?
We are planning for how classes and programs will complement and not conflict. There are days and times of the day to accommodate schedules effectively. We will continue to offer classes specifically designed to meet the different interests, needs and abilities of the multigenerational senior population.
We are confident that most older adults will feel comfortable in the new Larkspur Center expansion, but for those who are not, the existing Bend Senior Center will remain a familiar option.
How is traffic and parking being planned for?
A new access point from 15th Street will provide multiple entrances and improved circulation. The building will feature three entrances, including east and west entries into the expansion as well as the preservation of the covered drop-off and pick-up access to the Bend Senior Center. As part of the project, there will be traffic studies to determine the best way to accommodate additional parking planned for the west and south of the building. We are also in discussion with CET about bus routes that may come through the parking area to make it easier to access public transportation.
How is the pool going to be used differently than at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center?
The aquatic facility at Larkspur Community Center will be a leisure-lifestyle pool not suitable for higher intensity lap swimming, water exercise classes or competitive activities. Water temperatures will be between 86-88 degrees Fahrenheit, providing comfortable conditions for a wide range of activities including low/moderate intensity water exercise, arthritis, back rehabilitation and other therapeutic aquatic programs, youth and adult swim lessons and recreation swimming.
The pool will include a current channel that doubles as a great water exercise feature and a fun activity during recreation times. An adjacent hot tub and several hydrotherapy benches in the pool provide relaxation and therapeutic opportunities. A platform lift, pool lift and multiple stairs ensure easy water entry and exit.
There will be times that activities in the pool will be very senior focused and others that will serve a broader adult population. Fun recreation experiences for families will offered as well but not at the same time as the senior programmed times.
Are seniors going to work out in the new area or will there be fitness programs in the existing space too?
Our plans include adding new exercise and fitness spaces, and remodeling some of the existing spaces within the current Bend Senior Center to expand capacity and increase possible uses. Some dedicated senior fitness classes will remain in the improved Bend Senior Center spaces. Other fitness programs will relocate to the two new fitness rooms in the Larkspur Expansion to take advantage of these specifically designed spaces.
Will taxes go up to pay for this project?
No. The District has been saving money for the past few years for the project and will finance the remaining portion of the project. The financed portion will be repaid over time through existing general fund resources. This was how the Juniper Swim & Fitness Center renovation was paid for in 2006.
The following information can answer questions about how the Larkspur Center construction activity will impact the Bend Senior Center programs and activities.
How will activities currently at Bend Senior Center be impacted by construction?
As we entered into planning for Larkspur Community Center, we intended to minimize the disruption to the day-to-day activities at Bend Senior Center. In order to minimize the disruption to the Bend Senior Center, we will have a temporary closure for 3-4 months in summer 2019 in order to accomplish tasks in a condensed timeframe.
By closing the facility during the summer – typically its slowest time for programs – taxpayer funds can be used efficiently to build parking, tie-in the new building to the existing building, excavate the site, and connect utilities while producing less noise and dust disruptions to classes, events and activities.
Is there an alternative to temporarily closing the Bend Senior Center?
Alternatively, it would cost almost a quarter million dollars to accomplish these construction tasks while the facility is occupied and would have still required a minimum of 2-4 weeks of closure for utility tie-ins.
How will the needs of seniors be met during the construction closure?
Over the next several months, we will evaluate options to offer some programs and classes, possibly in other locations, during the temporary closure to meet needs in new ways. This is more than a year away and many details will be worked out.
How will Larkspur Park and Larkspur Trail be affected?
This closure will also affect use of Larkspur Park and Larkspur Trail. Due to safety concerns with an active construction site and closed parking lot, we will temporarily close Larkspur Park Larkspur Trail will detour around the fenced construction area for the project allowing for continuous use of the trail. For families who use the popular playground, this will be an opportunity to visit the many other playgrounds offered in the District.