To create a single building with two distinct functions, architects were inspired by the architecture and automotive designs from the 1950s and today. The intertwining of curved and angular elements, joined by a shared lobby, creates a state-of-the art facility that honors Arlington’s history while providing a modern space for present and future generations.The open concept library is expected to be a community hub for shared resources such as books, children’s toys and public computers for residents of East Arlington. The library will provide literacy tools to support students, families, and lifelong learners. Free programs include bilingual early literacy storytimes; GED, ESL and other adult education classes; and events for seniors. The recreation elements of the center include a gymnasium, indoor pool with party room, fitness center, locker rooms, group exercise room, community meeting rooms, and outdoor amenities.“We are hoping to not only promote healthy minds through the library but also healthy bodies through the parks,” said Norma Zuniga, Acting Director of the Libraries.The East Arlington Recreation Center and Library project aligns with the City Council priorities to Champion Great Neighborhoods and Support Youth and Families.Residents are encouraged to visit the City’s bond tracker website for construction timelines and capital project updates.