Originally published 8/25/15
Vienna Community Center on Park St SE will close on September 4, and work will begin on a comprehensive refurbishing which may take several years to complete. The project will include expansion with a new multi-purpose gymnasium.
“There is only so much that can be done with duct tape,” said the Center’s manager, Nick Jones, pointing to a bucket strategically placed in his office to catch rain.
The entire HVAC system, which is over 30 years old, will be replaced with modern high efficiency designs. “It was constantly breaking down,” said Jones.
Most of the existing roof will be replaced. The floors and lighting will also be new. The auditorium will be upgraded with an audio visual system.
As the location for the Parks and Recreation Department, the Community Center is a fairly busy place, offering a variety of programs to Vienna residents. The renovation work is certain to present challenges.
The Center is also the polling place for Vienna’s elections. An arrangement has been made for a shift to the First Presbyterian Church.