Before i posted this topic, i did a quick take on the RCSC website to see how much of the history is there. When they first posted the site years back, i found it to pretty good and still think it is well suited to give people the basics. Given some of the back and forth the last couple days on the site, i thought readers may enjoy a deeper dive into the actual history and formation of the Rec Centers of Sun City (RCSC). Most folks know Sun City opened on January 1, 1960. The first rec center was there on opening day; it was called Community Center. We now know it as the Oakmont Recreation Center. Visitors were quickly enamored by the idea of a “new active way of life.” Best of all, it was in place and the day they first moved in (May of 1960), they would begin to enjoy all Sun City had to offer. Those options were indeed plentiful: shuffle board court, wood working club, craft clubs, lawn bowling, the front 9 of the North course, wonderful auditorium with stage and kitchen facilities and a spectacular pool area to lounge in the sun and take a quick dip. It was made even better by the fact there was a “small town in miniature” directly across the street, complete with several stores and a hotel/motel with a fabulous bar/restaurant area. The Safeway store was open and running even though nary a soul lived here. Jim Boswell was on the Safeway board and they gave them a lease based solely on sales. There was one big oops that took seven plus years to remedy. This community was the first of its kind in the country and there was no how to manual. Virtually everything was trial and error and in retrospect they made a big one. There was no facilities agreement and the the company let buyers decide if they wanted to pay the $20 fee to use the amenities or not. Towards the end of the year, the Del E Webb Development Corporation (DEVCO) deeded Community Center to those living here. They had no interest in running rec centers, however a significant number of owners elected not to pay the yearly dues. It put a massive strain on the community and without DEVCO subsidizing the operation it could have been in serious trouble. There were all kinds of discussions within the community as to the options of generating enough revenue to even keep it open. Mercifully the company helped by picking up uncovered expenses. Realistically, they couldn’t afford to let those non-payments by residents sink their investment in this new type of living. The good news was, they kept selling huge numbers of homes and a second recreation center quickly hit the books. They also were fast studies in how to fix the dilemma and insure the same problem wouldn’t crop up as they moved south...but that’s a topic for my next post.