The city of Raymore is inviting the public to tour Centerview, its new community and event space, Friday behind City Hall.
The project has been in the works since voters passed two measures by a wide margin last year, approving more than $10 million in bonds to go toward city parks and streets.
Centerview serves a dual purpose for the city and the community. The building, which is nearly 9,000 square feet, was built to house the offices of the employees of the recreation division of the city’s parks and recreation department and to host events. It’s located at 227 Municipal Circle in Raymore.
For several years, Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Musteen said employees have shared an office with the public works department by Recreation Park.
“Each of us have outgrown each other and the building needs to go to them, and so one of the things was to build a permanent administrative office for parks and rec. It made sense being close to City Hall,” Musteen said. “The second part is, we’ve done a needs assessment, and the community really wanted a true community center.”
Rather than building one community center, the city has opted for two separate facilities. The city describes Centerview as a “true, high-end nice event space” ideal for weddings, reunions and meetings. The building will also serve as overflow space for city board meetings and public hearings. Musteen said Centerview is also set to take over as one of the voting precincts.
Later this summer, the city will break ground at Recreation Park for another new public facility, the Raymore Activity Center, which Musteen refers to as RAC. The activity center is expected to be open by late spring of 2018.
Centerview had a soft opening on Monday, and is scheduled to have a grand opening event from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday. The city invited the public to tour the new space, which includes a main hall that can be divided into two smaller rooms, a meeting space, a patio and grove, lobby, kitchen and an office for recreation employees. Harrelson Hall, Centerview’s main hall, can hold 240 people seated at round tables or up to 400 in a lecture-style arrangement.
Musteen said Centerview will start accepting reservations from the public on July 3. The city said it plans on offering flexible pricing for individuals and groups of all sizes looking to rent the space.
“We want to not just be an open space specifically for the weddings, we wanted it to be functional for civic groups and government organizations, but also be able to convert it to a fairly nice event space. We wanted it to be multi-functional,” Musteen said. “We didn’t build this to sit empty for the big stuff; we want this to be booked all the time for everything.”
For more information on Centerview, call 816-322-2791 or visit www.raymore.com.