Fall is in the air and as we approach the end of another year we have much to celebrate. This time of every year we prepare for the holiday season – sharing time with friends and family, decorating, celebrating and looking forward into the coming year. You’ll start to notice the recreation center transform into a festive mood as the Staff and Holiday Decorating Committee once again showcase their creativity. Please take the time thank these volunteers and show them some appreciation for their efforts.
I’d like to take the time to highlight a very important group within the Holley by the Sea staff. For those of you without children or who don’t frequent the Rec Center, you may not be aware that we provide an After School and Summer Program for the community. Each year these programs have flourished and grown due to the amazing group of people we have working in the program. They are some of the most professional and dedicated folks you’ll ever meet. These programs provide a valuable resource for our neighbors with children and more importantly provide the children themselves with wonderful opportunities to socialize, learn, and have fun. These programs are completely self-funded and this summer we had more children in the summer program than ever before. These programs should make every member of HBTS proud. Once again, take the time to thank these employees for making our community a better place.
The construction taking place in the Rec Center is progressing very well. There were some discoveries during the demolition phase, like corroded exterior wall framing and an unclosed grease trap, that created some minor changes but overall everything has gone according to plan. You will continue to see the design take shape over the coming months and by the end of the year the first phase of the project will be complete. This first phase is the bulk of the overall project, with the second phase hopefully commencing soon after the new year. This second phase will be primarily internal, providing more space for our youth program and expansion of the gym. We hope to be completely finished with this massive project by summer of 2020, thank you for your patience during this period but this project will create a Rec Center that is safer, more efficient, and able to meet the growth potential of the community for decades to come.