City holds first public multi-generational center meeting

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Barker Rinker Seacat CEO Craig Bouck engages with the Lewisville community in the first public meeting on the $38.1 million multi-generational center. (Photo by Leopold Knopp)

A little more than 100 community members gave their input in the form of “dotocracy” last night during the first public meeting on Lewisville’s $38.1 million multi-generational center, which will replace the existing senior and recreation centers currently in Memorial Park.

The goal of the meeting was to select which services to prioritize at the new center. Craig Bouck and Steve Blackburn, CEO and CBO of Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, presented a Power Point on the various options, and had the slides printed out and taped up to the wall. Community members were each given seven small sticky notes, or dots, to stick on the options they wanted. The most popular options were an indoor running track and leisure and therapy pools.

Barker Rinker Seacat was recently in charge of building the nearby Grapevine REC, a similar project. Bouck said combining the resources of a separate senior center and a recreational center means more for everyone.

“If we replaced these words with numbers, the equation we’d come up with is one plus one equals three,” he said.

In order to pull more input, Lewisville’s community relations and tourism director James Kunke said the city would be hosting an online survey on its website and would be sending it out on social media and through the city newsletter.

The city will also hold two more public meetings on the center, one 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Memorial Park Recreation Center and one 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Glenmore Savage Community Room in the Municipal Annex.