Hobbs city officials unveiled the new logo for the the Center of Recreational Excellence Wednesday, and gave a tour of the construction site.
The new logo consists of the word “CORE” with the letter “O” made up of three different colors.
“The (blue) representing the aqua facility and all the water amenities, the green representing the astroturf where you can have indoor soccer or other activities and the red symbolizing everything else that is going to go into that facility,” said J.J. Murphy, Hobbs city manager and member of the Quality of Life Committee.
Haydon Building Corp started construction on the CORE in September 2016, which has $63.5 million price tag, and is set to be completed in the summer 2018. The cost of the project is being funded by the partners in the Quality of Life Committee, which includes the City of Hobbs, the Lea County government, the J. F Maddox Foundation, Hobbs Municipal Schools, New Mexico Junior College and University of the Southwest.
Murphy said the idea for the C.O.R.E. logo was a community effort, along with hard work from the Quality of Life Committee and staff.
“We brought the community in to hear their thoughts on this logo,” he said. “Our team interviewed leaders and community members across the region throughout Lea County. Eventually, we’ll go away from the words, and the symbol will be reflective and people will realize that symbol is the C.O.R.E. — the nicest recreational facility in 500 miles and it’s here in Hobbs.”
After the new logo was unveiled about 50 people toured the construction site that has created about 300 new jobs in the area. The C.O.R.E. plans to include several meeting areas, an indoor therapy pool, a multipurpose room, a children’s area and playground and an equipment mezzanine.
Matt Greer and Chris Curtsinger, with Haydon Building Corporation, showcased the C.O.R.E.’s featured amenities under construction.
Curtsinger took the group to the site of the indoor-turfed field, which is planned to be used for indoor soccer, lacrosse and other sporting events.
“There are a number of things they are planning on utilizing this area for,” Curtsinger said. “You also have team locker rooms and some storage. You will be able to bring seating in watch a game and you’ll be able to move it out and do some other things in this area. This is a really exciting area.”
Greer showed the group a large room that will be used as a multi-purpose court facility for basketball, volleyball and other athletic activities.
“It will include rubber athletic flooring and it’s going to be striped for volleyball, basketball,” Greer said. “All of those amenities will come down from the ceiling structure and at any time all of those can be lifted up and this room opens up for any type of usage.”
Curtsinger also showed the group the indoor running track which goes around the multi-purpose court and throughout the C.O.R.E. building.
“You will have a running track that will go all the way around (the multi-purpose court facility) and you would able to come out of that facility and run around that rotunda (where the playground will go) then go through the main lobby and back into the multi-purpose courts,” he said.
The final amenity showed was the recreational pool that is planned to include two waterslides and family cabanas.
“Kids are going to be able to pick music to go down (the slide) — it’s music-enabled,” Murphy said. “They’re the highest-indoor waterslides in the state of New Mexico, but they’re also going to be the coolest waterslides.”
Denise Marquez can be reached at 391-5434 or firstname.lastname@example.org.