The Board of Supervisors authorized bids for the new Hershey Community Center at the December 3, 2019 meeting. Construction will begin in early 2020 with a planned 22-month construction period.
Over the past several months, the Township, along with its architects and engineers, have been going through the redesign process of the Community Center project. The main focus of this process has been to identify areas of the building envelope that could be modified in order to reduce the overall construction cost of the project. This effort was completed with the goal of having the least impact of the overall program for the building.
Some of the main areas that were identified include the elimination of the second story and the basement of the building. This provided for an opportunity to construct a one-story structure that reduced the overall building square footage from 114,000 sq. ft. to 90,000 sq. ft. The competition pool was reduced from a 50 meter to a 35-meter pool reducing the overall size of the natatorium. In addition, several off-site connections and improvements that were planned in the original design have been eliminated with an anticipated reduction in construction costs. Modifications were made to the outdoor pool to provide even greater water opportunities to the community.
The new center will meet the community’s needs in a number of ways, including:
- Summer Community Pool
- Learn to Swim
- Water Safety
- Babysitting Training
- Walking Track
- Senior Center
- Pickle Ball courts
- Sports Leagues
- Art Programs
- STEM Programs
- Intergenerational Programming
- Positive After-School Activities
- Teen Programming
- Educational Lecture Series
- Large Rental Space for Gatherings
- Indoor Leisure Pool with Various Pool Party Packages
- Entertainment Series
- And, Much More
The project is anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2021.