Building Community 

Merriam voters have decided – the City will build a new community center.

According to the Johnson County Board of Elections, more than 2,490 mail-in ballots were cast with 67.5 percent of residents saying they want a new community center.

With the majority vote, the City issued $24 million in bonds to build a $30 million community center at Vavra Park and implement a new 10-year quarter-cent sales tax, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

The new community center will include an indoor/outdoor pool, walking/jogging track, a full-sized gym, and a child watch area, among many other amenities.

The City anticipates a 2020 opening date for the new center. 

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City Council Updates

City Staff updates City Council members the first meeting of every month with updates on the new community center.

View the most recent presentations: 
September 10, 2018
August 27, 2018
August 13, 2018
July 30, 2018: Public Open House
July 23, 2018
July 16, 2018
July 9, 2018
June 11, 2018
May 14, 2018
April 9, 2018
March 12, 2018
February 12, 2018
January 8, 2018
December 11, 2017
November 13, 2017

New Community Center Amenities

In 2016, we asked the community what recreation amenities they wanted and would be willing to pay for in Merriam, and we’ve incorporated the top items into the plan for the proposed community center. The new community center will be located at Vavra Park.

Proposed Amenities
  • Indoor walking and jogging track
  • Fitness center and aerobics room
  • Indoor pool with lap lanes, leisure pool, and therapeutic water
  • Outdoor pool with spray pad, lap lanes, and leisure pool (lazy river, slides, etc.)
  • Full-size gymnasium
  • Art gallery and senior lounge
  • Classrooms
  • Party room
  • Meeting and event space
  • Catering kitchen
  • Child watch
  • Free social gathering space with WiFi