Groundbreaking for expansion project to new southeast Oak Cliff recreation center currently in its final construction phase

(DALLAS) – Dallas Park and Recreation will break ground for a 14,794 square-foot expansion project for the new Singing Hills Recreation Center that is currently in its final construction phase. With this second construction phase getting under way soon, the new wing will house a gymnasium, technology center and a senior adult activity area.

City officials slated to give remarks include Dallas City Council members Tennell Atkins, District 8, and Casey Thomas, District 3; Dallas Park and Recreation Director Willis C. Centers; and Dallas Park and Recreation Board President Robert Abtahi.

“We are excited about the continued growth, progress and improvements taking place insoutheast Oak Cliff,” said Atkins. “In the midst of building the new Singing Hills Recreation Center, we were able to secure additional funding to make something better even greater. From its design to its amenities, this center is a stellar example of the city’s assurance to enhance Dallas’ southern neighborhoods with the finest of recreational facilities and opportunities.”

Four years ago, the city of Dallas broke ground on a new facility to replace the existing recreation center built in 1973. When both construction phases are completed, Singing Hills will be an ultra-modern 26,000 square-foot facility that features an elevated gymnasium level accessible by stairs and elevator. Outside, a plaza can be used for family-oriented activities including small concerts, movie nights and other special events.

Adjacent to a DART station, city officials say when the new Singing Hills opens, it will be a “first-of-its kind” resource for recreation center patrons who use DART: they can walk directly to the new center from the rail line.

In keeping with the City’s commitment to environmentally-friendly practices, the new facility is designed to meet the standards of the United States Green Building Council LEED Silver certification.

“Singing Hills is one of the most unique and innovative facilities in our park system. The design and amenities are outstanding and reflect the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape and rolling terrain. We are proud that this center will give patrons diverse recreational and learning experiences in a wonderfully new facility,” said Winters.

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