New Manassas Park Community Center Opens

Shockey anticipates sharing substantial savings with city

rnrnOn January 8th, 2010, city officials will hold a dedication ceremony to announce the near completion of the new community center. The project features almost 80,000 square feet of facility space for multi-generational recreation and leisure activities. Facility highlights include: an NCAA short course competition certified indoor pool, two state-of-the-art gymnasiums, an event hall that can comfortably accommodate 250 banquet-style seats, (with a pre-function area for gathering and socializing), 11 multi-purpose rooms for programs, performances and meetings, a fitness center that includes an oak-wood floor dance studio, and a dedicated Teen Center. rnrnWhy is this project unique? In a word: partnership. Significantly, the community center is the first project to be completed in Manassas Park using a public-private agreement (authorized by PPEA legislation) according to Catherine Morretta, Manassas Parks’ Parks and Recreation Director. “We quickly realized that a public-private partnership was the fastest way to get this much needed project built. The public-private partnership arrangement allowed for creative financing and an expedited process