The newly renovated complex included the Focus Cafe. (Temple Terrace )
TEMPLE TERRACE, FL — The City of Temple Terrace will officially unveil the new, improved Family Recreation Complex at a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for Friday, June 21 at 9 a.m. at the complex, 6610 Whiteway Drive.
The nearly year-long renovation included the construction of a new fitness center, improvements to outdoor basketball courts and the gymnastics center, revamped pool locker rooms, offices, classrooms and upgrades to the lobby of the building.
Temple Terrace Mayor Mel Jurado, members of city vouncil, City Manager Charles Stephenson and Leisure Services Director Karl Langefeld will be joined by project architect Jovanni Betancourt and contractor Jeremy Brown at the ribbon-cutting.
Children attending the summer camp will give a brief performance.
In addition to the structural upgrades, a snack bar/coffee shop also was added to the complex.
Now open, the Focus Cafe is staffed by students in the Transition program at Focus Academy, a charter school for special needs students ages 14 to 22 years located in Temple Terrace.
In addition to providing soft drinks, coffee and other menu items to patrons and staff, the Caf provides the students with real-world job experience. They plan to expand their offerings this summer to include smoothies and ice cream.
The original Family Complex was constructed in 1979. This was the first major renovation and expansion of the facility since 1998. Funding for the renovation was split over two fiscal years, with $1.4 million budgeted in fiscal year 2017-18 in the Community Investment Tax (CIT) fund and the balance of the total of $2,608,000 budgeted for 2018-19.
Woodroffe Corp. Architects completed the current renovation design for the Family Recreation Complex. Bandes Construction managed construction for the project, which began with relocating the fitness center to the upstairs gym late last year.
The area that originally housed the fitness center was converted into a youth programs activity space. New dance studios and an outdoor multi-purpose play court were included in the upgrades.
The second phase included renovations to the locker rooms and the addition of "family restrooms," among other improvements.
The final phase focused on the entrance and lobby area to address traffic flow and enhance customer service areas.
The ribbon-cutting will take place at the back entrance to the facility, near a new playground and covered area used by children in the after-school program and participants in the complex’s summer camp.