The Proposed UMT Recreational Community Center:
The quest to bring UMT Residents year-round recreation and offer a hub for community gatherings, has led to an updated vision.
The Board of Supervisors and UMT staff have stayed committed to two major objectives while working towards a community center; creating a building that is as multi-functional as possible offering something for everyone, and including amenities that can generate enough revenue to operate the facility.
These goals led to a covered turf field with an indoor walking track and multi-purpose courts as the first piece of the puzzle. This year-round indoor space would allow for many different activities; sports, camps, workout classes for all ages, walking/running, fairs, concerts, indoor movies…etc. The second piece was adding multi-functional areas that could be separated from the large turf field, allowing them to be more private for rentals; parties, meetings, conferences, concerts, youth sports, adult leagues, silver sneakers workout classes, yoga and more.
The ideal location of this building remains Grange Park. The rendering shows the proposed exterior design which uses natural elements such as stone and glass making the building visually appealing, and the creating an attractive view from Grange Road and 222.
This building, which will be a combination of high-tech fabric structure and brick and mortar, will be half the cost of other building designs that were considered, and will be constructed in half the time.
The Township is still committed to fundraising, and has created the Upper Macungie Community Fund, a non-profit organization that will engage community partners, and foster long-term donor relationships that will contribute towards construction costs and operating expenses.