rec center

The Denver Parks and Recreation is taking their services to a whole new level! The new Central Denver Rec Center will be the city’s largest facility (an estimated $24.8 million project). As we get closer to the groundbreaking ceremony in the fall, let’s take a peek at their plans (courtesy of Congress Park Neighbors, Inc).

Outdoor Fun

The city has designed the center so kids and adults can enjoy the outdoors. Around the outside of the facility, there will be lounge areas for socializing. Nearby kids will have an activity-filled space including outdoor ping-pong tables, a bouldering feature and slacklining.

Dog owners will be pleased to hear there will still be a dog park on the grounds. Josephine Gardens Dog Park (44,000 sq. ft.) will be replaced with a smaller version (9700 sq. ft.).


Base Features

There’s potential for the center’s plans to change, however certain structures and projects have already been approved:

  • LEED Gold Standards (environmentally-friendly, low flow fixtures, LED lighting, etc.).
  • Solar energy (panels on the roof)
  • Warm water leisure pool (includes lap swimming, a water slide, play area, zero depth entry space and etc.)
  • Cooler-temp competitive lap pool (eight lanes, swim-meet capable, depth from 4′ to 13′, diving board)
  • Full-Sized indoor basketball court
  • Weight/cardio room
  • Functional and personal training areas
  • Group exercise room
  • Fitness studio
  • Multipurpose community meeting rooms
  • Flexible classroom space
  • Drop-in childcare
  • Party room(s)
  • Administrative and other building support space


Construction of the Central Denver Rec Center is expected to start in August. The groundbreaking ceremony will be in September. Within the first quarter of 2017, the center should be open to the public.

See my next blog: More Details About the Central Denver Recreation Center.