Foster City to hire architect for $3.5 million teen center

City youths are looking forward to a new, permanent teen center that will include a homework center, skate park and basketball court.

Officials are getting ready to hire an architect to design the $3.5 million, 6,800-square-foot center, the last piece in a series of improvements at Leo J. Ryan Park, according to Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Miller.

The City Council on Monday looked at preliminary plans for the teen center and told staff to seek bids from architects.

Foster City’s teen center, called Vibe, has made its home in a series of portable buildings since 1999 and moved to a temporary spot at Leo Ryan Park in 2001, according to coordinator Tiffany Hall.

“It’s seen a lot of wear and tear over the years,” Hall said.

Because the center’s current home is a modular building with an open floor plan, “the layout isn’t ideal, but now we’re going to be able to lay out a functional facility for the kids.”

The new center will feature a 2,250-square-foot courtyard, smaller indoor spaces for homework, a computer lab and other individualized activities, and the finished site will offer a basketball court and tennis backboard, as well as a permanent reconstruction of the existing skate park.

Completion of the site is still years away, according toMayor Linda Koelling.

“Our teens are very important to us, and they need a place to go,” Koelling said.

Other construction at Leo Ryan Park, from the amphitheater to the bocce court, has made the city park a place for all ages, she said.

bwinegarner@examiner.com

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