Multigenerational community center promotes indoor-outdoor connections.
The Bridgeton Recreation Center replaces an outdated 1980’s building with a new state-of-the-art comprehensive facility. The recreation center enhances the well being of the entire community by offering a diversity of family-oriented activities not available in the old community center. The new center is sited northwest of the former location, allowing its continued use during construction. The main lobby, which is entered through the upper level, overlooks the natatorium and gymnasium below. The upper level running/jogging track encircles a two-court gymnasium below and provides expansive views to a wooded area. Secured access to the building’s “activity zones” is managed by staff at the upper level control desk. Park and recreation offices, meeting rooms, game room and aerobics room are located in a “free zone” that is accessible without check in at the control desk. Lower level amenities include a party room, cardio/free weights and two courts. The natatorium includes a zero-depth entry, water slide, current channel, an interactive play structure and lap pool. The project was funded by a voter-approved sales tax used to bond the construction funds.