The seventy thousand square foot facility was planned originally
in three phases consisting of 50,000 square feet of new space, and
the Recreational Conference Center of 9,000 square feet. The final
construction cost was estimated to be in excess of $6 million dollars.
Two of the three phases are completed.
The project took a giant step closer to reality with pledges of
$1 million each from Don and Penny Geary and an anonymous donor.
An additional pledge of $1 million from Ralph Sprehe made possible
construction of the pool complex. Without these three major gifts
the Recreation Complex would not have been possible.
Through the foresight and generosity of Centralia Businessman,
John Parish, The Foundation had available a perpetual endowment
fund to provide a source of income to defray operation expenses.
With the three major contributions and the endowment fund in place,
the Foundation announced a major drive to raise the funds necessary
to complete funding of the project. The response of the citizens
and businesses of Centralia was overwhelmingly positive and generous.
Finally in October of 1995 the Centralia Foundation along with
the City of Centralia officially opened the doors to one of Illinois'
most magnificent recreation complexes. This dream could only happen
because the people of our community care enough to return time,
effort and treasure to their community.
For more information on the Centralia Recreation Complex, please
visit the Centralia
Recreation Complex web site.