The $46 million multigenerational center was one of the main components of the bond package passed by Lewisville voters in November 2015. It will feature an indoor natatorium, a gymnasium, an indoor walking track, an expanded fitness area, community rooms, and an indoor playground for children. It also will include more than 14,000 square feet of space dedicated to activities for senior adults, accessible through the main lobby and through a separate entrance into the building.
The 87,000-square-foot facility will be built on the property where the Senior Activity Center and Memorial Park Recreation Center currently sit, 1950 S. Valley Parkway, replacing both buildings.
June 2019: Tomorrow we pour the final slab for Thrive. The construction hours change in the summer and this allows Byrne to start work by 6 a.m. Byrne will take advantage of this change tomorrow and will start arriving onsite at 6 a.m. with concrete trucks arriving onsite at 7 a.m.
Beginning July 1, part of the sidewalk along Corporate Drive will be closed. The affected area starts at the southwest corner of S. Valley Parkway and Corporate Drive and continue west along Corporate Drive in front of Thrive. We will be replacing the sidewalks while we are doing some utility work in this area.
April 2019: Thrive is changing every day. The concrete slabs have been poured on the recreation side of the facility. By April 19, the exterior walls around the gymnasium and the pools will be complete. If you drive by the site, you will see steel going up on part of the building. Coming up next: pouring the slab for southern portion of Thrive (along Valley Parkway), completion of the deceleration lane along Valley Parkway and pouring the slab for the lobby area.
August 21, 2018: The existing buildings at Memorial Park got a reprieve for another week. On Thursday, August 23, demolition will start on the Senior Activity Center and then continue on to the Memorial Park Recreation Center. It will take about two weeks to complete the demolition and removal of debris from the existing buildings. During this time, expect to see an increase of trucks along Valley Parkway.
What you are not currently able to see behind the fence is the preparation of the pad for Thrive. Early next week (around August 27/28) Byrne will start drilling piers for the foundation of the building. This process takes just over two weeks to complete, as long as Mother Nature lends a hand. Truck traffic along Corporate Drive will increase for this time period.
Updated photos coming soon.
July 20, 2018: A groundbreaking ceremony was held and Byrne Construction quickly started preparing the site for construction. The electronic sign board has been removed and some of the north-east corner cleared. Byrne will start the demolition of the exiting buildings over the next few weeks in in order to clear the way for construction. It may be challenging to see the evolution of the site behind the fence, so we will be posting regular updates and photos as Thrive takes shape. Coming soon ... pier drilling.
The new center marks the first time a public art component has been included in the initial design of a Lewisville municipal facility. Renowned artist Andrew Dufford of Colorado was selected from among more than 140 submittals. Dufford has completed projects throughout the Southwestern United States, including at Grand Canyon National Park. His concept for the Lewisville project incorporates our location on a major bird migration path, telling the story in stone and glass in a sweeping display that draws visitors into and through the main entrance.
Due to the nature of the construction schedule, the Senior Activity Center and Memorial Park Recreation Centers ceased operations on July 7. Originally, both facilities were going to remain open during construction, but that plan changed in order to make better use of the property, realize cost savings, and not expose visitors to construction nuisances.
Memorial Park Recreation Center activities will transfer to the Frederick P. Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle.
The City is in the process of setting up a site in Music City Mall to house the Senior Center activities. The 8,000-square-foot site is located on the second floor of the mall, near Macy's. Entrance 4 will be used as the main entrance to the new site, and the City has worked with the mall to add 10 more accessible parking spaces to the lot right outside that entrance. Anyone coming to the site by DCTA bus will be dropped off and picked up outside Entrance 6.
The facility is expected to open in early 2020.