content reformatted October 22, 2021
The Proposed UMT Community Center: The quest to bring UMT Residents year-round programming 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 for everyone that is as MULTI-FUNCTIONAL as possible
- Including amenities that can generate enough revenue to operate the facility, and not be dependent on tax dollars
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 of the different activities our residents requested;
- walking/running, community events, various fairs, concerts, indoor movies, educational classes, fitness classes, a variety of sports, and much more
The second piece was adding multi-functional areas that could be separated from the large turf field, allowing them to be used for a variety of functions;
- Large community events, concerts, fairs, meetings, conferences, adult leagues, youth sports, silver sneakers programs, fitness classes and more!
The ideal location of this building remains Grange Park. 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 renderings above show the proposed exterior design which uses natural elements such as stone and glass making the building visually appealing, creating an attractive view from Grange Road and 222. The renderings below show examples of different amenities the building will have.
- Multi-purpose rooms for educational classes, activities and fitness
- Covered turf field with a large year-round walking track
- Rental rooms for meetings, parties and various gatherings
- Outdoor Amphitheatre connected to an indoor Concession area
- 3 Gymnasiums designed to be as multi-functional as possible offering indoor space for a multitude of activates
The Township is 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.