Ground will be broken this month for a recreation center that will be the largest construction project ever undertaken by Carol Stream Park District.
Approved by residents in a 2010 referendum question, the center is expected to cover 90,846 square feet in Town Center near Gary Avenue and Lies Road and cost roughly $18 million.
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Park officials said the groundbreaking ceremony is slated for 6 p.m. Oct. 19.
Construction of the two-story structure is expected to take 16 to 18 months, officials said, with a grand opening tentatively scheduled for fall 2013.
The center's first floor will include a 25-yard swimming pool, gymnasium with three basketball courts, program room and a room dedicated for use by the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association. The second floor will feature a fitness center, more program rooms and an indoor track.
The indoor pool will be the district's first since the Collins Pool was closed in Armstrong Park.
The park board has voted to pursue LEED certification, which officials say allows the district to pursue numerous so-called green grants. Such certification centers on recycling, energy efficiency and indoor air quality.
The park district has received a $2 million grant from the state to help pay for the construction.