(The following is from a press release)
The public is invited to join the City of Agoura Hills in the grand opening of the new Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center on Saturday, January 10, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The celebration includes a ribbon cutting ceremony, guided tours of the new facility, food and refreshments, a bounce house, arts and crafts activities and free glitter tattoos for kids.
The new recreation center is located directly above Agoura Hills City Hall and Library. The 23,000-sq.-ft. facility sits on seven acres and creates a centralized civic center complex for the community.
Areas in the new center include a modern multi purpose room for fitness classes and events; a building with three classrooms for programs such as Mommy & Me, after-school enrichment, and adult learning; a Senior Room & Patio for holding a variety of activities and clubs—book, bridge, fitness, discussion, etc.; a “Garage” teen area with indoor/ outdoor space accessed by a slide up door, and a loft for having teen related games and group activities as well as being a safe place to hang out. A Sun Room features a lounge and local art gallery. Upstairs are the administration offices, including a cultural arts office with an area containing the city’s history archives.
A highlight of the new facility is a spacious 3500-square-foot event center that can be rented out by the public. The indoor/ outdoor space features a spectacular view of the city for enhancing special occasions and celebrations. A warming kitchen for caterers is also on site.
Outside, an interpretive play area–donated by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s office–overlooks the city with kid-friendly, life-size and larger sculptures of local wildlife and will host ecology learning programs. A hiking trail is also part of the grounds which will eventually serve as a trail head for connecting local hikes.
“Our new rec center provides affordable programs in a beautiful setting and has something for everyone,” said Community Services Director Amy Brink. “Agoura Hills residents, particularly seniors and youth, were desiring more low cost community recreation and self-improvement classes. We now have adequate facilities not only to provide them, but offer them in engaging spaces.”
Funds for the center came from the city’s six-year savings program for a new recreational facility and grants from government and private organizations. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation gave $2.3 million towards the project, which helped fund the teen and senior facilities. The city dedicated the center’s two Art in Public Places sculptures, “Men-an-tol West” and “Stillpoint”, to the Hilton Foundation for their generosity.
A recent survey conducted by the state’s department of recreation indicated that 98 percent of families access local parks and recreation programs within their community. Agoura Hills offers residents a variety of community services for both passive and active recreation.
Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center is located at 29900 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. For more information about the new recreation center, visit the city’s website at ci.agoura-hills.ca.us/ or contact Amy Brink, Director of Community Services at (818) 597-7361.