Building Community 

New Merriam Community Center

In 2014, the City of Merriam began a conversation about the future of recreation in our community. After years of study, community meetings, and the completion of a Master Plan, voters, in September 2017, approved the City issuing $24 million in bonds to build a new $30 million community center and implement a new 10-year quarter-cent tax to pay for the bonds. The community center site is located across Ikea Way, just east of Merriam City Hall and the police department.

The project's design kicked off in fall 2017 when the City created a design team to lead the process. The team included members of City staff, technical experts lead by McCarthy Building Companies, and the City's Owner's Representative, CBC. City Council approved the project design in September 2018, and construction started on the site shortly after.

In addition to a new community center, the site will feature a 200-car parking structure paid for using TIF funding. The City is also currently having conversations with the Johnson County Library Board about relocating the Antioch Library branch to the site. 


  • Walking/jogging track
  • Full-size gymnasium
  • Fitness center
  • Group exercise classroom
  • Multi-purpose classroom
  • Meeting and event space (room for a 250-person banquet)
  • Child watch
  • Art gallery
  • Lounge area with coffee service
  • Catering kitchen
  • Two birthday party rooms
  • Outdoor courtyard and plaza event and gathering space
  • Free social gathering spaces with WiFi
  • Indoor aquatics, featuring: four 25-yard lap lanes, tall slide and family slide, lazy river, zero-depth entry, splash and play features, and therapy pool
  • Outdoor aquatics, featuring: eight 25-meter lap lanes, two one-meter diving boards, zero-depth entry, splash and play features, shade structures, and on-deck concession cart
  • Parks and Recreation Department staff offices and facility support space


October - December 2018 // Demolition, Grading, and Utilities
December 2018 - mid-2020 // Construction of the Community Center, including Aquatics
Summer 2020 // Grand Opening

$36.6 million total // $30 million for the community center project and $6.6 million for the parking structure project

City Council Updates:

City Staff provides a project update to City Council members at the first meeting of every month.

View the most recent presentations:
January 13, 2020
December 9, 2019
November 11, 2019 
October 14, 2019
September 9, 2019
August 12, 2019
July 8, 2019
June 10, 2019
May 13, 2019
April 8, 2019
March 11, 2019
February 11, 2019
January 14, 2019
December 10, 2018
November 12, 2018
October 8, 2018
September 24, 2018
September 10, 2018
August 27, 2018
August 13, 2018
July 30, 2018: Public Open House
July 23, 2018
July 16, 2018
July 9, 2018
June 11, 2018
May 14, 2018
April 9, 2018
March 12, 2018
February 12, 2018
January 8, 2018
December 11, 2017
November 13, 2017

Site Layout

2018-09-24 Merriam Community Center Site Overview

Main Level

Merriam Community Center Floor Plans - Main level

Lower Level

Merriam Community Center Floor Plans - Lower level