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The South Boulder Recreation Center will be closed until further notice because of recently discovered water damage. (Mark Leffingwell / File photo)
The South Boulder Recreation Center will be closed until further notice because of recently discovered water damage. (Mark Leffingwell / File photo)
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The South Boulder Recreation Center, 1360 Gillaspie Drive, is closing until further notice because of water damage found in the building’s infrastructure, according to an announcement on its website. All programs and camps will now move to the East Boulder Community Center.

“Just like everything else we are learning with COVID, we’re being flexible,” Parks and Recreation Communications Specialist Denise White said.

Facilities management noticed water damage to the structure of the building, White said. The following day, programs at the center were canceled in order to assess the damage. Structural engineers came through the building and made the decision that the building should be closed until further notice, according to White.

The South Boulder Recreation Center was originally open on a limited capacity due to COVID-19 regulations, with only some of the regular summer programs being offered. Those programs will move into the East Boulder Community Center. Until June 12, that facility  housed the Boulder COVID-19 Recovery Center, which offered homeless people who had coronavirus symptoms or who had tested positive for the illness a safe place to quarantine and recover.

“East Boulder Community Center was vacant because the COVID recovery center had moved out of it,” said White. “We are able to seamlessly move out to East Boulder at this time.”

Youth summer camps will also be moved to the East Boulder Recreation Center until further notice. This change will not interfere with how summer programs are run because city staff were able to safely transfer all equipment before the closure, White said.

City officials are still investigating to find the exact source of the water damage at South Boulder Recreation Center, she said.

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