Construction work at the future Larkspur Community is about to “go vertical.”

Over the next few weeks, workers plan to pour footings, which will allow crews to start doing masonry work for the center’s walls, said Brian Hudspeth, construction manager for the Bend Park & Recreation District.

“We’re getting to pouring footings, then we go vertical,” Hudspeth said.

Since April, crews have been making progress on the 34,000-square-foot expansion of the existing 14,000-square-foot Bend Senior Center.

The facility will include new fitness facilities, group exercise rooms, a warm-water pool, indoor walking track and additional parking when it is completed in the summer of 2020, according to the park district.

The expansion, slated to cost $23.4 million, was in response to growing demand and overcrowding at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center, an all-purpose workout facility managed by the park district.

Some major developments completed so far this summer include the installation of curbs, digging a pit for an elevator and the excavation of a 5,000-square-foot area for the future pool.

So far, construction has been going mostly according to plan, Hudspeth said.

Bend Senior Center activities and classes, which have temporarily moved to Marshall High School and Juniper Swim & Fitness Center this summer during construction, are on track to be back at the facility by September.

— Reporter: 541-633-2160,