Aurora gets a community boost via pot taxes with new rec center

A collection of black-and-white photos is all that remains of the original Moorhead Recreation Center in north Aurora. In them, kids play baseball and swim in the pool at the 42-year-old center. These aren’t 3-by 3-inch images in a photo album, however. The images are several feet tall and adorn the walls of the city’s newest full-service recreation center.

“It’s like home again, but bigger,” said Jennifer Taylor, longtime program assistant at Moorhead Recreation Center. “They really put a lot of time into this place, it’s not just a bigger building. It has heart. It has become something that our community members are really proud of.”

The old youth drop-in center measured about 4,000 square feet. It was torn down last year and replaced with a 41,000-square-foot recreation center that reopened June 8 after an 18-month reconstruction. The $16 million project — funded by $4 million in marijuana revenue tax money and the rest by other city funds — added a…

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