Fruita facility is making a splash

Congratulations to Fruita.

The city and its residents have a new community recreation center, complete exercise area and gymnasium, as well as a new senior center and a new facility to house the Fruita Branch of the Mesa County Public Library. The large indoor pool is the central feature of the center.

The project, with a combined cost near $15 million, shows what can occur when a determined group of individuals and public officials work together for a community goal. It also demonstrates that people in the Grand Valley will still vote for a tax increase for public facilities, when they are convinced the facilities are well-planned and offer a definite benefit.

Not that approval of the increase in the city sales tax to pay for the community center was a sure thing. In fact, the initial vote ended in a tie. But seven months later, in November 2008, backers of the community center had persuaded enough city voters to support the project that the sales tax increase to finance the project was narrowly approved.

Also, project supporters worked hard to raise additional money through private fund drives.

Construction of the project began just over a year ago, led by FCI Constructors. It was completed this month, on time and under budget, according to city officials.

Kudos to all those involved with the project, including the contractors and subcontractors.

Fruita can be proud of its new recreation center, and even prouder of the community spirit that made it a reality.


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