By HANNAH SIEVERT
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
The new Larkspur Community Center will have an indoor pool, a fitness center and several exercise rooms.
The center will be open to anyone, although it’s mostly for older adults since it’s built next to the Bend Senior Center.
But both young people and older adults alike will have to wait several more months for it to open.
The community center was projected to open this fall, but Bend Park and Recreation announced today it will now open late this year or in early 2020.
“I think the community will be really excited to see it,” Matt Mercer, recreation services director for Bend Parks, said. “We’re excited to open it at a time that the community will be able to enjoy it.”
Mercer said one reason for the delayed opening is demand for indoor fitness centers is much lower than usual.
Juniper Fitness Center is operating at about a ten to 30% normal capacity.
“For us to open and operate a whole other facility, again one that was particularly designed to service an older adult population didn’t make financial sense and it’s not a level of service the community needs right now,” Mercer said.
The delay in Larkspur’s opening also puts a delay in renovating Juniper’s swimming pool. They’ll close down Juniper’s pool as soon as Larkspur’s opens.
Mercer said they’re projecting Larkspur opening later this year, although the date remains somewhat flexible due to the pandemic.