Lexington hopes $4 million ‘Re-creation of Recreation’ plan will breathe new life into city

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LEXINGTON, N.C. -- Lexington is working on a $4 million parks and recreation plan to breathe new life into the city’s green spaces and transform the former Tri-Distributors building into a first-of-its-kind indoor recreation center.

“It really puts us in the game for economic development,” said Lexington City Manager Alan Carson.

City leaders have labeled the parks plan; the “Re-creation of Recreation,” which also calls for renovating Hillside Pool this year for about $500,000.

“I think one of the things people look [for], when they go to a community; they look to see what kind of recreational along with what type of schools system they have,” said Carson.

Negotiations are underway to purchase the Tri-Distributors building for roughly $600,000. Construction is planned to wrap up by 2018.

Carson tells FOX8 that, to his memory, Lexington has never had a community center and the benefits would extend far beyond economic development.

“Gives the kids a place to congregate for some activities,” said Carson.

The city plans to expand youth programs at the center. Designs have not been finalized.

FOX8’s Michael Spears highlights other Lexington parks and recreation projects under the city’s “Re-creation of Recreation” plan.