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Warren school district breaks ground on recreation and wellness center – Warren Tribune Chronicle

Staff photo / Bob Coupland
Warren school district and city officials gathered Tuesday for the groundbreaking of a $15 million wellness and recreation center to be constructed by Mollenkopf Stadium in Warren. Among those taking part are, from left, school Treasurer Karen Sciortino, board of education member Patricia Limperos, Warren Mayor Doug Franklin, board President John Fowley, and board members Jenna Daugherty and Julian Walker.

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WARREN — School district and city officials gathered earlier this week for the groundbreaking at Warren City Schools’ $15 million recreation and wellness center, to be constructed adjacent to Mollenkopf Stadium.

Superintendent Steve Chiaro said at Tuesday’s event many board of education members had the vision of such a center for the Warren community.

“Today we begin what will become a reality for the children of the city of Warren with the groundbreaking for a multimillion-dollar recreational and wellness center,” he said.

Mayor Doug Franklin said it is a great day for the city with the center to be used by generations to come.

“I am so glad to see this day come. I know our center will be among the best,” he said, noting he remembers when officials 10 year ago looked at various wellness centers in other parts of Ohio.

The more than 120,000-square-foot, two-story facility will be built between Warren G. Harding High School and Mollenkopf Stadium. The project will take two years to complete, officials said.

SERVICES

Chiaro said the center will provide various services and opportunities for the students.

He said Harding students will have easy access to the center, while students from other city schools can be brought there.

“We have some great plans for the center with various health-related activities. There will be an indoor walking track, 200-meter running track, a bistro run by the students. The center will be able to be used in a multitude of areas,” Chiaro said.

He said there will be e-sports, and robotics teams will have dedicated areas of the center.

In addition to athletics, the center also will be used for health care and educational purposes and other extracurriculars. Phillips Sekanick Architects of Warren produced the drawings and images. DeSalvo Construction of Hubbard is the construction manager.

The main floor will include an indoor walking track, locker rooms, fitness rooms and a health clinic, with the second floor set aside for meeting rooms and other student activity programs.

CAMPUS GROWTH

Over the past several years, money was put into a permanent improvement and capital improvement fund as talks began for having such a center, Chiaro said.

Earlier this year, the Ohio Department of Education gave approval of Warren Schools’ American Rescue Plan grant application, which includes a budget of $12.5 million for the new center.

Officials have said the project calls for no additional cost to taxpayers.

Chiaro said the center completes the Harding campus, which includes the school and football stadium.

“This campus has been growing with baseball fields and softball fields. This is going to be the total all-in-one package facility for children in the city of Warren,” Chiaro said.

The locker room is expected to be ready in 13 months for the 2023 football season with the rest of the facility to be completed nine months after that.</…….

Source: https://www.tribtoday.com/news/local-news/2022/07/warren-school-district-breaks-ground-on-recreation-and-wellness-center/

Staff photo / Bob Coupland
Warren school district and city officials gathered Tuesday for the groundbreaking of a $15 million wellness and recreation center to be constructed by Mollenkopf Stadium in Warren. Among those taking part are, from left, school Treasurer Karen Sciortino, board of education member Patricia Limperos, Warren Mayor Doug Franklin, board President John Fowley, and board members Jenna Daugherty and Julian Walker.

WARREN — School district and city officials gathered earlier this week for the groundbreaking at Warren City Schools’ $15 million recreation and wellness center, to be constructed ad…….

Staff photo / Bob Coupland
Warren school district and city officials gathered Tuesday for the groundbreaking of a $15 million wellness and recreation center to be constructed by Mollenkopf Stadium in Warren. Among those taking part are, from left, school Treasurer Karen Sciortino, board of education member Patricia Limperos, Warren Mayor Doug Franklin, board President John Fowley, and board members Jenna Daugherty and Julian Walker.

WARREN — School district and city officials gathered earlier this week for the groundbreaking at Warren City Schools’ $15 million recreation and wellness center, to be constructed ad…….

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