There's always a but, isn't there. And in this case there is one massive big butt called Maricopa County. For those of you who missed the RCSC meeting yesterday, it is posted and you can watch it here. It was pretty well run and i would agree with Director Hoffer, the Ad Hoc committee report regarding Mountainview was exceptionally well done. It is a wish list well beyond anything i could have or would have imagined. Two pools, two story building complete with gym for basketball and volleyball and a rock climbing wall on the first floor and fitness area on the second level including a room for cycling. All state of the art. The theater proposal is all encompassing as well. Seating for 400 with lots of additional space for meeting and greeting and backroom dressing rooms and storage. Spectacular. The only downside was removing the two tennis courts for more pickleball, but a committee member explained tennis ball play there was down to nothing. You can read the full report here. The audience was enthralled by the proposal...as well they should be. Literally something for every one. I truly hope they can pull it off, it would make Sun City an even better place to retire to. Unfortunately, the reality of that big old butt is this: The amount of additional space they want to add is impacted by the county codes regarding maximum occupancy numbers which then dictates the required number of parking spaces they will require. All of our rec centers were built before these codes were put in place; hence they were grandfathered. A new center like the one proposed at Mountainview will be obligated to comply. I don't recall, someone can look it up but i think it is something just under two people per car per occupancy. As i recall when they built Fairway that was a huge issue and part of the solution was to use the median. There is currently parking front and back, but with all of the added amenities, they will be eating up parking space and increasing the square footage by at least double what they have now. You can do the math, but i see no way humanly possible to get it all on the footprint available. Like i say, hope i am wrong. There's nothing worse than getting people all excited by a great report that has zero chance to become reality. I would hope the staff helped the committee and board members understand how challenging this proposal will be to live up to.