In 2016, the City identified Douglass Park as a third site for a community recreation center to be located in the southeast neighborhoods of Manhattan in order to compliment the two recreation centers that will be built adjacent to the Anthony and Eisenhower middles schools.
Originally, the Douglass Community Recreation Center was to be funded through a Section 108 loan through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). However, that funding option is no longer available and therefore certain design constraints through the federal process can now be entertained, such as the inclusion of an elevated walking track above the dedicated gym space and the addition of a multi-purpose room for the community.
At the February 5th City Commission meeting the City amended its contract with Bruce McMIllan Architects to explore redesign options. The redesign will provide the neighborhood and advisory board an opportunity to engage with Bruce to come up with a preferred design within the preferred budget of $3.5 million. The City and design team will be back in front of the Commission this spring with recommendations and funding options.