On April 9, the city of Leander held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new 14,400-square-foot activity center that will offer a variety of recreational activities and programs as well as community events for all ages.

“A lot of cities say, 'We want a rec center,' and they just go out and build it,” Mayor Christine DeLisle said at the event. “[The parks and recreation staff] found the opportunity and found a space and made it [their] own, and that’s amazing innovation.”

The Leander Activity Center is located at 11880 Hero Way West, Leander, the previous meeting location for Hill Country Bible Church Leander. There is a three-year lease on the building with the option to add two more years. The city is still in the process of planning and developing city-owned recreation and senior facilities, which was voter approved in the 2016 bond election.

Programming will consist of senior adult activities until summer youth programs begin on June 6, according to the press release. City staff is managing a teen focus group to receive feedback on teenage programming and events. The first meeting is April 26 from 5-7 p.m., and the city is encouraging teens ages 12-17 who are interested in sharing their ideas to attend.

City parks and recreation programming can be found at www.leandertx.gov/fun.