A powerpoint slide showcasing rendered images of the proposed indoor recreation center which was presented during the Pella City Council meeting.

PELLA — A new indoor recreational center may be in the works for Pella citizens who are looking to exercise.

The Pella City Council received a presentation focusing on the facility during the policy and planning portion of the meeting, which will be operated by the city.

City Administrator Mike Nardini acknowledged the lack of indoor recreational activities within the community. According to the presentation, the City often receives requests for additional courts for sports such as basketball, volley, and pickleball. Additionally, there were requests for a competitive swimming pool and an indoor walking facility.

The features incorporated in the center includes three gyms with seating, one multi-purpose gym, as well as a cardio workout area and exercise studio. For swimming, the center will have both a six lane competition pool and a zero entry recreation pool with

splash pad, waterslides, and party rooms.

Moreover, there will be an indoor walking track, a rock climbing wall and kid’s play zone, and childcare, kitchen, restrooms provided for users.

Nardini said an indoor recreation center will be beneficial for the community as it would likely attract new residents by offering the additional recreational opportunities. It could also potentially host tournaments and other regional events, ultimately increasing Pella’s tourism industry.

Depending on its location, Nardini said the recreational center could also facilitate further commercial development.

The total cost for the project could be between $25 million to $50 million, which also includes the University Street Extension project. However, the project estimate depends on the amount of private donations.

In comparison to other Iowa cities, the proposed plan would be similar in size to the indoor recreational centers in Waukee, Indianola, and Marion. All three buildings cost ranged from $15 million to $20 million.

The next Pella City Council meeting will be on Oct. 20, beginning at 6 p.m.

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