Palisades Rec Center renovations begin

The Palisades Recreation Center is recognized as a historic landmark. (Brady Holt/The Current/May 2016)

Renovations to the Palisades Recreation Center began last week, promising a modernized and expanded facility with a community room, fitness room, senior room, teen area, half-court gymnasium, and new windows and doors.

The project involves a 6,000-square-foot addition to the historically landmarked facility at 5200 Sherier Place NW, and the upgraded building will also feature increased energy efficiency, improved safety features and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to a news release. The modernized rec center is scheduled to debut next summer.

The center sparked intense community debate, with some park users advocating for the existing 1936 building to be demolished and replaced, while others argued that it had important historic value. The Historic Preservation Review Board voted last year to name it a landmark.