Expansion of Platte County Community Centers Moves Forward

Preparations are underway to begin expansion projects at Platte County Community Center North in Platte City and Platte County Community Center South in Parkville.

Platte County selected JE Dunn as the construction manager for the project. JE Dunn is currently developing a detailed project schedule and updating costs and estimates for the project. The expansions are one of several projects funded by a half-cent sales tax for county parks and recreation, which was approved by Platte County voters in 2009.

Expansion highlights include:

  • An expanded aquatics center at both locations with new lap lanes.
  • New group exercise and wellness spaces in both locations.
  • Additional parking at Platte County Community Center South.
  • A full-sized gymnasium for the Platte County Center North.

The centers were originally built by Platte County through a voter-approved capital improvement sales tax. Through a partnership between the county and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, the Y operates the centers and programs.
Platte County Community Center North opened in October 2004, and Platte County Community Center South opened in February 2005. Today the centers are thriving.

Membership today has far exceeded early projections, with both centers serving more than 15 percent of the Platte County population, compared to a national average of six percent. Seventy percent of memberships at both centers are families.

With a growing base of 10,000 memberships, the Platte County Community Center South leads all YMCA of Greater Kansas City locations in the number of memberships. The Platte County Community Center North is thriving with more than 4,000 memberships.

The community centers offer a wide variety of programs for the entire family and the individual to grow stronger and connect with others including aerobics, fitness classes, yoga, water fitness, cardiovascular equipment, strength training centers, swim lessons, recreational swimming, martial arts, family fun nights, children’s activities, and exercise and social activities for seniors.

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