The Ste. Genevieve County Community Center’s two big projects for 2017-18 are nearly complete, and the water park is less than a year from being in service.

Community center director Brad Arnold provided an update on the facilities during last Thursday’s quarterly membership meeting of the Ste. Genevieve Chamber of Commerce at the community center.

Arnold guided those in attendance on a tour of the 46,000-square-foot multipurpose building, named the Progress Sports Complex.

The building includes two basketball courts side by side, two racquetball courts and a baseball training area with artificial turf in addition to meeting rooms and office space for both the community center staff and the University of Missouri Extension.

“We are a week or so from being completely finished,” Arnold said last Thursday.

“We just have a few checklist items,” he added. “We’re waiting on some signage and things inside to be shipped to us and it will be all finished.”

He said a gun and knife show had been booked for the end of September in the new gymnasium, and volleyball and gymnastics events were booked as well.

The basketball goals, volleyball nets and bleachers in the gym have electronic controls for ease of changing the venue configuration.

Arnold hoped to be able to host ribbon-cutting events this month for both the Progress Sports Complex and the Bloomsdale joint venture with Mid America Rehab.

The community center opened in that facility in July, after Mid America Rehab had settled in. The community center rents space from Mid America for fitness equipment and the Ste. Genevieve County Library annex. Community center members can access the fitness area 24 hours a day, seven days a week with their membership cards.

Lastly, Arnold said work on the water park on the community center campus just across Progress Parkway from the new gymnasium was underway with a targeted completion in April of 2019 and an opening in May.

See complete story and more photos in the August 8 edition of the Herald.