An $8.6 million expansion and renovation project will be taking place this summer at the Center of Clayton recreation center, 50 Gay Ave.

Toni Siering, Clayton’s assistant director of parks and recreation, said a request for bids on the project is expected to go out on March 8, with responses due back by April 2. A contract will be selected in April with work scheduled to begin sometime in June. The work will be done in four phases, with planned completion in March 2020.

The project will include a two-story expansion just to the west of the existing main entrance. The main entrance will remain in its current location, but a number of current first-floor amenities, like the Clayton Heritage Center and the Youth Activity Center, will be moved to other locations in the building. The registration desk will be moved from near the back of the lobby to a spot closer to the main entrance.

The improvements include upgrades to the track, basketball courts, pool, locker rooms and restrooms, plus new paint and lighting.

The project will also include additional parking, with approximately 130 new spots going in where a city-owned mulch pile now exists.

While work is being done, patrons can use Richmond Heights’ community center, The Heights, at 8001 Dale Ave. However, Siering said that The Heights’ pool will also be down during part of that time.

“Center members will have access to The Heights during specific closures throughout the renovation and our members would be notified before each instance,” Siering said. “Center members will not have open ended access to The Heights once construction begins. When Center members do have access to The Heights, they will simply show their membership card at The Heights for admittance.”

The cost of the project will be split between the city of Clayton and the Clayton School District. The school district uses the facility, which opened in 2000, for some of its physical education classes and for its swim and other sports team. The center is attached to Clayton High School.