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New recreation center planned for Alameda’s Krusi Park

ALAMEDA — The design of a new recreation center at Krusi Park has been unveiled, nearly five years after city officials tried to get the project under way.
The building is proposed for the same spot as an existing structure at the park now used to store maintenance equipment. At 2,376 square feet, it would more than double the current building’s size.
The new building would have a multipurpose room, an office and a kitchen that the Alameda Recreation and Park Department would use on weekdays for its tiny tot, after-school and summer activity programs.
The public could rent the building weekends and weekday evenings, according to Amy Wooldridge, the city’s recreation and park director.
Among the uses for the center’s kitchen would be as a concession stand for softball and tennis events, and Otis Elementary School could use the center when it’s available.
The City Council got an update on the design, which the Recreation and Parks Commission approved June 8, when it met Tuesday.
Measure WW, which Alameda and Contra Costa voters approved in November 2008 to support the East Bay Regional Park District, is providing $1,365,489 for the new prefabricated, modular building.
The City Council approved plans to build a new center at an estimated budget of $1,370,000 in September 2012, when it also authorized a call for bids.
The lowest bid, however, was $1,940,000 with contingencies, or 43 percent more than the funding available through the ballot measure.
The council rejected all bids in February 2013 and since then city officials have been working on getting a new structure for the 7.5 acre park at Otis Drive and Mound Street.
As part of the project city officials are planning to install two disabled on-street parking spaces at the intersection of Court and Calhoun streets to improve park access.
The council received the design report during Tuesday’s meeting as part of its consent calendar, or the section of the agenda for items considered routine. The council did not discuss the report.

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