By Landy Boling for the Strategic Planning Committee
The best way to describe Lake Quivira is “community.” It is a sense of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common core values, interests and goals. Community is a primary factor driving members to Lake Quivira and causing them to stay. It is also what is missed most by members who leave. The purpose of a new Community Center is all about “community.”
The proposed Community Center could become the focal point of our community, a place where members gather for group activities, social support, recreational activities and other purposes. This year-round, indoor facility would encompass a Recreation Center, Wellness Center and Youth Centerm offering something for every member of Lake Quivira–young, old and in between.
Envision each day. Young parents drop their children off at the Preschool and join friends for their choice of exercise. Whether it’s weight or cardio training, fitness classes, laps in the exercise pool or a walk around the mezzanine track, all are possible. A stop in the well-furnished locker rooms, equipped with steam and sauna rooms, to freshen up could follow. Then, a casual visit with friends in the lobby area to grab a quick refreshment and share the day’s stories could complete the experience.
Throughout each day, retirees and other members arrive to do a quick work-out and grab a cup of coffee while visiting with their friends. The recreation center is full of activity with structured times for indoor tennis, pickleball, volleyball, basketball and other sports.
The multi-purpose room becomes a common meeting location for social clubs, family events and additional youth activities.
As each day ends, the late-night crowd trickles in for some well-deserved personal time. We are a community of active people who love to run, walk, hike
and swim–we could make that commitment to wellness year round right here at Lake Quivira.
The proposed site for the Community Center is the area currently occupied by Tennis Courts #1 and #2, the Hitting Wall and the Basketball Court. This area was selected due to its declining grade which would best suit the height of the Recreation Center and the ability to capture lake views from the top-floor cardio level. It also offers a natural drop-off zone for children, away from traffic, leveraging the current circular drive near the dam. Located next to the main parking lot for ample parking, it is also a quick walk to the Clubhouse to grab the next meal.
A full-time Community Center Manager would operate this new facility. Staffed throughout each day, along with regular programming and scheduling of fitness trainers, spa services and teaching professionals, someone would always be there to help. Additional office space is provided for a future, full-time, racquet-sports professional. Unlike other outdoor amenities, this facility would be open year-round for those who call Lake Quivira home throughout all seasons of the year. No more driving “out of the gate” for these sorts of activities.
To fund the building of this new facility, members would be offered the option of either a one-time, advanced payment or incremental monthly dues. Operating and maintenance costs would be additional, but the recruitment of as few as 20 additional Country Club members and 45 additional Social Members (both within our established limits) would fully cover these annual costs without any additional charge to the current members. Other area clubs that have made this sort of investment have experienced much higher levels of membership growth. The benefits to home valuations and fewer days on market to sell our homes should more than offset the required investment.
All of this (and more) can become a reality at Lake Quivira. And, it can all happen “inside the gate” with the proposed Community Center. But, it can only happen with your support. Please vote on November 27.