Metropolitan Community College’s Board of Trustees has approved the $4.1 million sale of the Longview Recreation Center property on the MCC-Longview campus to Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation. Ownership and operation of the facility will transition from the College to Lee’s Summit.
The property includes the facility, some parking and green space. The sale includes a long-term operational agreement for MCC use of the facility, and LSPR agrees to grant the College right of first refusal to repurchase the property in the future.
LSPR approached MCC about the Longview Rec Center because it wanted a community center on the west side of Lee’s Summit that would complement a facility on the east side, Parks and Recreation administrator Joe Snook told MCC trustees June 21. The Board of Trustees approved the sale that day; the Lee’s Summit Park Board approved it July 25; and the Lee’s Summit City Council granted final authorization on Aug. 9.
The Longview Recreation Center encompasses about 60,000 square feet. Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation plans to substantially renovate it, including the addition of new fitness equipment.
“We’re ready to invest in that facility,” Snook said of the Longview Recreation Center, which was built in the late 1980s. “We are excited to expand our reach and scope of services to better support our patrons,” he added.
While the Longview Rec Center is closed for renovation, current members will be offered free trial memberships to be used at other Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation facilities. Renovations to the Longview Community Center, as it will now be known, are expected to be completed in November.
MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty said the improvements will bring more people to the MCC-Longview campus.
“As MCC looks to the future we are optimizing our resources, and this agreement allows us to continue to benefit from this property, but also contributes to our ongoing mission of serving the community and creating opportunities not just for our students but also for the general public, all while providing equitable access,” Dr. Beatty said.
Under MCC ownership, the Longview Recreation Center was open to students as well as members of the community.
Before the sale, fitness center memberships cost $40 a semester for students and varying monthly fees for others, starting at $39/month for one person, plus a $125 initiation fee.
Through the new partnership, the proposed membership rate is $17.42 per month for Lee’s Summit residents, MCC-Longview employees and students. Students in MCC-Longview physical education classes will not have to pay the fee. The proposed rate for non-residents (including non-resident MCC retirees) is $20.42 per month.
Full-time MCC recreation center employees are being absorbed by the College. Part-time employees are being encouraged to apply for available positions through LSPR.
MCC-Longview physical education classes will continue to be held in the Recreation Center. The agreement between the College and Lee’s Summit also provides for current MCC-Longview athletic programs to use the facility.