The 14,000 square foot metal building will have a main event hall, recreation room, exercise gym, recreation/exercise pool and spa, dance studio, commercial kitchen, classrooms, conference rooms, physical therapy rooms, 140 parking spaces, and a view of Mt. Shasta.

The goal for Weed’s future Community Center is to include something for everyone.

The community told Weed Recreation and Parks District they wanted a main event room, kitchen, classrooms and offices, said administrator Mike Rodriguez. Plans for the new center include all that and more.

“We are looking forward to this being a positive attribute for the city,” Rodriguez said.

The 14,000 square foot metal building will have a main event hall, recreation room, exercise gym, recreation/exercise pool and spa, dance studio, commercial kitchen, classrooms, conference rooms, physical therapy rooms, 140 parking spaces, and a view of Mt. Shasta.

Weed Recreation and Parks District purchased 19 acres adjacent to Charlie Byrd Park on East Lincoln Avenue for the new center.

Neva Barnett, former Weed mayor and city council member said she is “thrilled to hear it’s moving forward.”

“I think that’s a very good location also,” she said. Years ago, Barnett worked to bring a community center to Weed, serving on the committee for eight years.

It’s a “perfect location,” that will serve the population, said County Supervisor Michael Kobseff. “I’m excited about it.”

Rodriguez said STAGE will put a new bus stop near the center.

He and District board member Martin Nicholas, Weed’s Police Chief, said the architecture review is completed and has been approved by the Weed Planning Commission.

They said they will begin getting construction bids March 1, so they can start “turning dirt in June.”

They are hoping the community center will be open by July 2018.

Weed has not had a community center since the 2014 Boles Fire, which destroyed the center on S. Davis Street. That center had been open for little over a year.

Insurance money and remaining McConnell Foundation grant money will fund construction of the new building and its contents, said Rodriguez. It will be “turnkey” when it’s finished, complete with wifi, internet and audio/visual communication capabilities, said Rodriguez.

“We’ve been very thankful for the support of the McConnell and Ford Foundations,” said Rodriguez.

Both foundations have given grants to the Recreation and Parks District to acquire and remodel the previous community center.

The new center’s event hall will be a large venue available to rent for weddings, receptions, parties, and conferences. It will be able to seat 160 people.

The architects considered the acoustics and Mt. Shasta view when they designed the room. Nicholas said that will add to its appeal and make it a venue where people want to hold meetings.

A smaller recreation room will hold 50 to 60 people, and a small conference room is being designed for youth, non-profit and other groups to rent for meetings.

“If it’s a youth related group, we would consider giving a reduced rate,” said Rodriguez.

Aquatic classes can take place in the 20-by-40 indoor pool that will have both a shallow and deep end. Nicholas said a lot of seniors are interested in pool exercise programs. Pool memberships will also be available.

The commercial kitchen, located between the main event hall and recreation room, will be available for rent.

The dance studio will have a sound system and mirrors.

Other programs the District is looking to offer include a computer lab through College of the Siskiyous, senior socials, and speakers on senior issues.

The exterior of the building will be constructed from metal sheeting that looks like stucco. Metal is a lot cheaper, said Nicholas.

It will be wired for solar which can be installed at a later date and will have a back-up generator for emergencies.

Rodriguez said the goal is to make it sustainable, and the Weed Recreation and Parks District board will be working on a business plan proposal while they are considering the construction bids.

Outside landscaping and a side patio cover might need to be installed later, depending on the building costs, said Nicholas.

Rodriguez pointed to the potential for expansion at the site. The District also owns the Charlie Byrd Park property, which is more than 15 acres and was donated by International Paper.

Future phases include adding the side and back patio areas, possible expansion of the parking lot, a trail system, and other park features for the community to enjoy.