Topping Out: New Central Recreation Center for City of Aurora

AURORA — Representing a major milestone in construction, Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) recently celebrated the topping out of Aurora’s new two-story, 60,285-square-foot recreation center on E. Vassar Pl. and Telluride Street in Aurora.

Funded through marijuana tax revenue, the new recreation center will be a major addition to the parks and recreation amenities for Aurora residents with a grand opening scheduled for 2019.

Designed by Populous — a global architecture and design firm that designs the places where people love to be together, like Yankee Stadium, the London Olympics, and the Super Bowl — the facility features an aquatics area, gymnasium, elevated walking/jogging track, fitness area, teaching kitchen, party rooms, multi-purpose rooms, group exercise rooms, offices and locker rooms. Unique design features include an interactive video water slide, a wave pool, which is the first-of-its-kind in a Colorado recreation center, and a fitness grandstand. The new Central Recreation Center was designed to take full advantage of the western views of the Rocky Mountains and intentionally frames the mountains from the cardio and group fitness areas.

“It took us 40 years to get to the point of building a new recreation center”, said Tom Barrett, department director for City of Aurora’s Parks, Recreation & Open Space. “It’s exciting for us as a city.”

Attendees signed their name to the steel beam before it was lifted and placed at the top of the structure, representing the many people involved in making the project a success.

Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) is a U.S.-based, privately held builder that is consistently ranked among the top 50 construction managers and general contractors in the nation. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the company delivers innovative and collaborative building solutions for clients across the country from its regional offices in Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis and Phoenix.

Photo and rendering courtesy of Adolfson & Peterson Construction

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  1. Greg Moran
    July 17, 2018 at 5:06 pm — Reply

    And where is it located????

    • July 26, 2018 at 9:51 am — Reply

      The rec center will be at E. Vassar Pl. and Telluride Street in Aurora.

  2. July 18, 2018 at 8:54 pm — Reply

    Will their b basketball leagues. I hope so

  3. Nilsa Gordon
    September 24, 2018 at 12:24 pm — Reply

    Will there be Zumba classes? Are they taking applications for instructors?

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