Across the Nation: Center for the community

CLAYTON - The Center of Clayton, an integrated recreation facility adjacent to, and connected to Clayton High School, is a joint project of the city of Clayton and the School District of Clayton. The $18 million project is designed to meet the athletic needs of Clayton High School, as well as the community.

The two-story building includes 124,000 square feet of new construction, featuring five multipurpose courts in the new gymnasium and renovated high school gym; a leisure pool with water slide, lazy river, spa, vortex and lap lanes, and a 25-yard, eight-lane competition swimming pool; a suspended jogging/walking track and workout facilities, including an aerobics room, weight-training rooms and cardiovascular room; a climbing wall; meeting rooms; a teen center; snack bar; and a childcare area.

In addition, a 3,000-square-foot area will provide adults age 55 and older the opportunity to participate in arts and humanities courses.

A partnership was formed to finance the new multiuse facility, tapping funds from a 1/2-cent sales-tax increase and school bond issue. The land adjacent to the high school was donated by the district.

The facility, which was completed last April, was designed by Christner, with Barker Rinker Seacat, architects. The builder was L.A. Schaefer Construction.

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