Missoula committee OKs new community center design; new public art wall downtown

David Erickson

There’s no money for it yet, but Missoula is one step away from full approval of the conceptual designs for a proposed new city-owned community center at McCormick Park.

Called the Currents Center for Recreation and Creativity, the facility is still in the planning stages. No definitive funding source has been identified. City officials have in the past estimated the 84,600-square-foot project would cost roughly $44.5 million and would be built on the north side of the Currents Aquatic Center.

It would be a year-round, indoor gathering space for sports, community dances, nonprofit service group functions and theater performances.

Last week, the City Council’s Climate, Conservation and Parks Committee approved the design and set a public hearing for May 23. At that meeting, the full City Council will vote on giving the designs the final go-ahead.

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“This is just to approve the conceptual drawing,” noted council member Amber Sherrill. “This is not to approve funding. It’s really nothing other than saying we are approving these conceptual drawings of this plan.”

Parks and Recreation Director Donna Gaukler said her office wanted the council to approve the drawings

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