Temple City continues to move toward constructing a city-owned gymnasium in town.
Councilman Fernando Vizcarra, along with councilmembers Tom Chavez and Judy Wong, gave city staff permission to go ahead and begin soliciting bids for a possible gym on Tuesday, May 19, 2009.
Cathy Burroughs, interim city manager and the parks and recreation director, stated that staff has been searching for grants to fund the proposed project; however, neither state nor federal funding could be found.
In February 2009, the previous City Council asked the Parks and Recreation department to look for alternative sources for funding. Grant monies then had not been solicited because they were only available for outdoor areas, not indoor facilities.
According to a city staff estimate, the total cost for a gym is around $3-5 million dollars.
“Staff believes a city-owned gymnasium would be extremely beneficial to the community” wrote Burroughs in the City Manager’s Weekly Report on February 5. Burroughs reiterated this viewpoint at the city council meeting, but admitted right now may not be the best time.
Currently, Temple City plans to build a gym somewhere at Live Oak Park.
Two options have been given. One would eliminate the outdoor basketball courts, while the other would remove two tennis courts.
As the council discussed the issue, Vizcarra voiced his opposition to constructing a gym at Live Oak Park. Councilmembers Chavez and Wong agreed.
Chavez noted the gym could be placed at a different site.
The City Council then voted unanimously to move forward, but asked staff to search for alternate locations. Councilmembers Dave Capra and Vincent Yu were absent.
This article was written by Randy Shun. It was published in the Temple City Voice on August 29, 2009.