The Arnold Recreation Center, designed by Hastings+Chivetta, has something for everyone. The main level contains the gymnasium with two 42-foot by 74-foot courts, electronic scoreboards, and bleachers seating over 180 spectators. The upper level houses a three-lane track and a lounge area with vending machines, billiards, foosball and other games. The fitness area provides state-of-the-art cardiovascular and weight-training equipment. Wireless headphones can be used on the treadmills to watch one of four television screens.
The multipurpose room can seat 250 or be divided into three private rooms. A full-service kitchen, a party room for children and youth, administrative and staff offices, and a main control desk are also part of the new center’s amenities.
The 7,700 SF outdoor pool area, surrounded by mature trees, includes a spray pool, a play area, a current river, two whirlpools and two water slides. A special feature is the bowl slide; after climbing 30 feet into the air, swimmers slide through a water tube into a bowl, which spins them around before splashing them into the water below.
The 4,500 SF indoor, heated pool has three 25-yard lanes and an enclosed water slide that runs outside and then back inside. Other features include a bubble couch, a play area, a current river, and a vortex. A family changing room is also included.
The Arnold Recreation Center is on a wooded 23-acre site along with the Jefferson County College and City Library. The new center connects to the library through an enclosed walkway, offering members a truly comprehensive community center.