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Largo's Southwest Rec Complex to get $2M face-lift

Largo is planning to renovate Southwest Recreation Complex to expand the fitness area and add program rooms. This artist rendering shows additions that will be made to the recreation complex. 

Courtesy of Wannemacher Russell Architects

Largo is planning to renovate Southwest Recreation Complex to expand the fitness area and add program rooms. This artist rendering shows additions that will be made to the recreation complex. 

LARGO — The Southwest Recreation Complex will close next week for a $2-million face-lift.

The 18,000-square-foot complex, which opened in 1985, will gain about 6,400 square feet. It is scheduled to reopen in May.

The popular fitness area will almost triple in size, with more treadmills and exercise equipment and five TVs. The center also will gain new program rooms and 11 parking spaces.

During construction, most activities offered at the facility will continue in two separate locations: the McGough Nature Park and Barclay Square shopping center at Walsingham and Indian Rocks roads.

Fitness equipment and most classes will move to the shopping center. Some programs will move to the McGough park. The pool and tennis courts will not be affected.

This will be the first time that Largo will rent out storefronts for fitness programs, said Joan Byrne, director of Recreation, Parks and Arts.

"If this storefront concept works, it's something we could theoretically pursue in other areas that are underserved," Byrne said.

During the renovation, Joe and Lee Acosta say they'll probably squeeze in most workouts at Highland Recreation Center. It's closer to their home.

Other regulars, Arlene and Alan Phillips, say they won't mind working out at Barclay Square because they live less than 2 miles away.

"We'll go wherever they move," said Arlene Phillips, 73. "It's very close and we love it."

>>fast facts

The timetable

Aug. 18: Center closes, office relocates to Southwest Pool

Sept. 3: Barclay Square programs start

May: Southwest Complex reopens

Programs staying at

Southwest:

• Tennis and the pool

• Flag football

• Little league

• Softball

Programs moving to

McGough Nature Park:

• Preschool programs

• Most yoga classes and Pilates

• Programs at Barclay Square

• Fitness equipment

• Fitness classes

• Karate

• Gymnastics

Highland Complex:

• Basketball leagues

For more information, call the complex at 518-3125.

Largo's Southwest Rec Complex to get $2M face-lift 08/09/08 [Last modified: Saturday, August 9, 2008 4:34am]
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