Where to Build a City Gym?

City officials to discuss recommendations by Parks and Recreation commission

Written by VINCENT WEI / Published January 6, 2012 

The city council on Tuesday agreed to meet with the parks and recreation commission to discuss a series of recommendations made in February.

Earlier this year, the commission recommended Temple City consider a park and open spaces master plan, pocket parks, and a city-owned gymnasium. They also asked to schedule a joint meeting with the city council.

Most council members voiced their support of the park and open spaces master plan.

The plan is “the direction that we need to go,” newly elected Councilman Carl Blum said, during the April 21, 2011 city council meeting.

The city council also had a dialogue on the topic of a city-owned gym.

In February, the parks and recreation commission suggested building a city-owned gym at the City and County-owned maintenance yards, instead of Live Oak Park.

Mayor Pro Tempore Yu disagreed. “The time for a single-purpose facility is over,” he said.

Yu stated he favored a gym at Live Oak Park, despite overuse of the property, because gymnasiums have traditionally supported public parks. He also expressed his concern that a city-owned gym at the maintenance yard would require additional staff to be located there.

However, Mayor Tom Chavez and Councilmember Fernando Vizcarra in 2009 stated their opposition to constructing a gym at Live Oak Park.

The question of where to build will now likely be deferred until after the joint city council and commission meeting.

In 2010, the City tried to pursue the construction of gym, but stopped due to lack of grants.

City staff previously estimated that it would cost $3 to $5 million to build a gym.

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