Groundbreaking July 8 for Catskill Recreation Center

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By Brian Sweeney
Groundbreaking for the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville, featuring an indoor swimming pool, is planned for Monday, July 8 at noon.

Mary and Kingdon Gould Jr. and their family are building the project. Plans for the recreation center have been in development for years and Mr. Gould told the News he is thrilled that the building will soon start.

“I truly am excited — I have probably been working on this for about 10 years,” Mr. Gould stated. “Hopefully it will be attractive for the community and it will help add an extra element of interest to the area.”

Mr. Gould said the 18,000-square-foot structure will include a lap pool and a family pool. There will also be space for other types of community recreation, including various types of exercise equipment, such as stationary bikes for spinning. Athletic fields will also planned on portions of the recreational facility parcel, which is situated on county Route 38, Arkville.

Skating rink possible
The building has been designed to accommodate an indoor ice rink, but that part of the project is likely several years away, he said.

Some preliminary site work got underway at the project site this week in anticipation of Monday’s formal groundbreaking. Mr. Gould said that construction is expected to take 8-10 months, with the facility opening by next spring.

In addition to creating a state-of-the-art complex, the building has been designed with sound “green” principles in mind. Geothermal heating and some solar elements are being utilized.
“We are endeavoring to make it as environmentally friendly as possible,” Mr. Gould explained.
He said that a nonprofit corporation is being established to operate the Catskill Recreation Center.

Pleased it’s happening
Mr. Gould said his family is anxious for the recreational facility to begin taking shape.
“This is a facility for the public and for the local area. We welcome the public to be on hand for the grand opening ceremony,” he noted.

The Gould family, which owns considerable real estate in the Dry Brook Valley, has a long history in the region and the recreation center is one way for the family to express gratitude for everything the area has meant to the family.

“It’s important to us as a family to put back for all the years of pleasure we’ve had here in the Catskills – going back about five generations,” Mr. Gould noted.