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Centre Region Parks and Rec Moving to New Office

by on November 14, 2019 1:45 PM

Centre Region Parks and Recreation offices will be closed next week as the agency moves from the Centre Region Council of Governments building on Gateway Drive to a new location at 2040 Sandy Drive, Suite A. 

The office — including walk-in services, phone and email — will be closed Nov. 18-21 and will reopen Friday, Nov. 22 for regular hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the new location. 

Customers will still be able to use and online program registration during the office closure.

“We encourage our customers to utilize the website for program and special events information, CRPR director Pam Salokangas said in a news release. "The Find Your Park link is available for any local park inquiries as well as our discount ticket list, facility information, and programming and special event calendars.”

In July, the COG General Forum approved  a seven-year lease agreement for the commercial office space. The yearly cost, including rent, taxes, insurance, requested renovations made by the property owner, and maintenance is $83,624. The lease also has a five-year buyout and a three-year extension option.

The move is actually the result of the Centre Region's building boom. With more than more than $1 billion in new construction in the past four years and new housing a mixed-use developments on the horizon, Centre Region Code Administration has increased its staff to keep up and in the process has outgrown its own office space in the COG building.

Parking at the COG building has also become more crowded.

COG Executive Director Jim Steff said in the summer that it made more sense financially for Parks and Rec to move to new offices. Had Code Administration moved it would have freed up more space than needed in the COG building. Four COG agencies lease the building from the Centre Region municipalities in a condominium-style arrangement and moving Code Administration would have essentially left the municipalities to pay for unused space.

The new Parks and Rec office on Sandy Drive will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 6. 

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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