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AP recreation center may get new surface

– It’s not yet a slam-dunk, but the City of Avon Park is hoping to get new flooring at the City’s recreation center.

At a special meeting Aug. 14, the Highlands County Recreation and Parks Advisory Committee approved $30,000 to be used for the Avon Park Recreation Center, 207 E. State St., to remove, dispose of and replace the 8,610-square-foot linoleum basketball court flooring with maple hardwood.

Maria Sutherland, Avon Park director of administrative services, said the entire project should cost $70,464, based on an estimate provided by Naples’ Athletic Resources Inc. The city would pay $40,484, and the remaining $30,000, if approved Sept. 2 by county commissioners, would come from the county’s infrastructure funds.

Vicky Pontius, county parks and natural resources director, said Avon Park is the only Highlands County municipality with its own recreation center.

The replacement is being done as part of an initiative to improve recreation buildings and fields, said Julian Deleon, Avon Park city manager. In April, the Avon Park City Council named Memorial Field as the Martin Luther King Sports Complex and Deleon said the city is undertaking several concurrent initiatives to improve the buildings and fields.

For example, Deleon said, the recreation center’s scoring-announcement box is getting rehabilitated with new wood and siding along with replacing the flooring basketball court flooring.

“We want the sports complex to look great before the community public dedication takes place,” he said. “It would be awesome if all improvements could be ready by the next Martin Luther King Holiday in January of 2015.”


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