The end is in sight for a trio of community construction projects in the village of Ashwaubenon. Local 5’s Kris Schuller got a tour of the village’s new community center which is opening in about a month.
In and around Ashwaubenon High School, $21 million in construction rolls on.
“It’s probably the busiest block in Ashwaubenon in terms of construction,” said Rex Mehlberg, director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry in the village.
And Village President Mike Aubinger couldn’t be happier with the results.
“It’s a beautiful, beautiful area,” said Aubinger.
Last summer the village broke ground for a new community center in Klipstine Park and a new auditorium and swimming pool at Ashwaubenon High School. The three projects were approved by voters in a referendum in 2014.
“They are replacing existing facilities that have been outdated and outgrown by the community,” Aubinger said.
Mehlberg says come November a 700 seat performance hall and 8 lane swimming pool will be complete.
“Auditorium and the pool are underway, on budget and on time,” the parks director said.
But in one month a grand opening is set for the new community center, which Aubinger proudly showed off.
“What we wanted was something residents could rent,” said Aubinger as he showed us around the community center building. “There’s a wall of glass and a state of the art kitchen.”
“It’s just a matter of furnishing everything with furniture, chairs and tables, getting all the little things you don’t really think about,” Mehlberg added.
Mehlberg says a survey conducted ahead of the referendum showed over 60 percent of the community backed the projects. And after a year of construction he’s glad the village is close to delivering the first of the three.
“They are community facilities, they are going to be used by both the community and the school district,” said Mehlberg.
Mike Aubinger is very happy too. “It is our turn to replace them and keep a level of service going that the community expects.”
The new community center cost $4 million and a grand opening is planned for July 21.