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2013-05-14 19:42:23
New Provo City Recreation Center is OPEN!

The New Provo City Recreation Center is Open and Ready!


There is only one thing that can rival the announcement of Google Fiber Provo: Provo City’s long-awaited recreation center is finally finished and open for business! Provo is the place to be!


After a years-long process, $39 million in costs, Provo city now has a center to call its own this month. Provo City Council decided to avoid the additional costs of repairing sub-par materials by investing in the best building materials. The 160,000 square-foot facility, designed by VCBO Architecture and constructed by Layton Construction.

 Provo City Recreation Center


The Provo City Recreation Center had an open house on May 11th and opened two days later on May 13th. The new facility replaced Provo’s old recreation center that was built in 1973, which included only racquetball courts and a pool. It was torn down in March and has now been replaced with a brand new facility complete with all the bells and whistles – workout facilities, water slides, an indoor track, swimming pools, a skate park and much more.


The Facility Amenities include:


  • 25 yard x 25 meter competition pool
  • Zero depth entry outdoor pool with aquatic play features
  • Two outdoor water slides with splash pool
  • Strength training area
  • Family lock rooms
  • Program Studio
  • Multi-level indoor play ground
  • Game room
  • Outdoor patio with fountain
  • Lounge with fish tank, fire place and tv
  • Outdoor activity pool
  • Zero depth entry indoor pool with aquatic play features
  • Two indoor/outdoor water slides
  • Three full size courts
  • Café
  • Neos electronic game wall
  • Outdoor playground
  • Library
  • Full program kitchen
  • 3 lane programming pool
  • Deep water pool with climbing wall and diving platform
  • Six racquetball courts
  • Multi-Activity Court
  • Fitness room for Zumba, Yoga, etc.
  • Bouldering wall
  • Tennis Courts
  • Computer Lab
  • Art Room
  • Lazy River
  • Hot Tub
  • Cardio Area
  • Three lane indoor track
  • Spinning/Cycling Room
  • Full amenity child watch
  • Skate Park
  • Multipurpose/event room
  • Class rooms

 Provo City Recreation Center Swimming Area

Provo City Recreation Center Swimming Pool

Provo City Recreation Center Basketball Gym

Provo City Recreation Center Changing Rooms

Provo City Recreation Center Skate Park


The facility is family friendly, providing fun and exercise opportunities for people of all ages. Not only are there docking stations for iPods on the treadmills, but some exercise machines have the ability to surf the web. And with two indoor water slides, an indoor water park, even a pool with dedicated lanes for competition, Provo City leaders believe the new recreation center will serve the community for generations.


'This is truly what Provo's citizens deserve and what a community our size should have,' Scott Henderson, Director of Provo City Recreation said.


The facility is open to anyone, including non-Provo residents. The daily rate is $4, but Provo residents qualify for a discounted annual pass.


Party rooms, climbing walls and a skate park outside were also included in an effort make a city destination out of Provo’s new recreation center.


Despite all the new space, though, one popular children’s activity was left out.


“Video games,” Henderson said. “If you’re looking for a room where kids can sit around, that’s not here. They get enough of that elsewhere. This is all about active recreation, getting people moving and promoting that active lifestyle.”


The Best Indoor Aquatics Attraction in Utah

The designers have placed an emphasis on implementing the needs and wants of residents into the design of the facility. After a study, the city found many residents wanted improved indoor pools and play areas. The current Provo Rec Center has one indoor pool that offers water aerobics classes, swim lessons and leisure swimming and hosts Provo High School's swim team practices. Needless to say, the pool can get a little crowded with all of the classes and activities.


The new center will accommodate all of this with five different indoor bodies of water: dynamic slide features, an aerobics pool, a lap pool with three lanes, a competition pool and a children's splash pool with themed play features, including a lazy river. The pools are expected to be between 82 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit, with the room at a regulated 3 degrees above the water's temperature. New pool technology will be implemented in the pools.


'These will be PVC-clad stainless steel pools. They are highly-functional, sturdy and user-friendly for all different types of pools,' said Ellen Parrish, marketing director for VCBO Architecture.


The leisure pool will be the perfect area for both swimmers and children. Within the leisure pool is a zero depth entry pool, which gives a beach-like effect allowing patrons to run right off the deck and into the pool while little kids play safely in water less than an inch deep. That area will transition into a lazy river with a current channel, providing an opportunity for exercise, giving those who walk against the strong current an excellent workout.


Just for the Teenagers

Each of these attractions hold an exciting feature that is sure to draw Provo residents to its waters, but one feature is anticipated above the others.


'The main feature in the aquatic area is a teen pool that will have a rock climbing wall along with a jumping ledge,' said Leavitt.

'Essentially, it will be a rock structure that comes out of a 13-foot pool. The pool will also be something that can be used for scuba diving lessons. We see this pool as one of the most unique attractions of this building that you wouldn’t see at another rec center.'


The jumping ledge that stems from the rock wall simulates the experience of cliff-jumping in Lake Powell – minus the danger. 'We wanted to give the teenagers something thrilling to do that's safe,' said Parrish. 'We know they like to do reckless things, so we want to offer a safe and fun environment for testing their limits.'



Maintaining the Water Features

Though pools can be fun aspects of a facility, pool maintenance can be an arduous affair. Humidity always proves to be a rec center's Kryptonite; so proper ventilation is crucial for maintaining pool areas. Good air return is important to keep as much chemicals out of the air as possible.


'We spend a lot of time detailing finishes that will hold up to wet environments and specifying paint coatings that will resist corrosion,' said Leavitt. 'There are specific products that we spend time looking at and detailing, the roof trusses aren't typical, they're all pipe steel that have less surface area that water can sit on. We've gone to great lengths to try to engineer space for the pools that will be durable.'


New Changing Rooms Respect Privacy

Another highly anticipated feature of the rec center is its regard for privacy and comfort with the improved change rooms. Sixteen individual change rooms, which can be used as family change rooms, will be built into the facility. Some are small change rooms; others have showers and toilets in them. Traditional locker rooms will also be built into the facility, but these will be smaller to accommodate the increased amount of family change rooms.


In Addition

The Provo Rec Center will hold three gymnasiums, one of which will be a multipurpose court with a surface liner that’s more amenable to activities other than basketball or volleyball. This area can support community events with chairs and tables. The floor will be rubber-like, making it more flexible for various events.


Six racquetball courts will be located on the first level of the facility. The cardio room will also be found there, along with an indoor track that borders the facility. Other attractions include spin classes, fitness studios for aerobic classes and a fully-equipped weight room.


The center will also have an indoor playground that will be open to the public, adjacent to a childcare facility available for patrons.


First Day of Operations - May 13


*Membership Sale for Provo Residents: March 18 - June 29, Provo residents will receive 25% off the annual membership, paid in full. (prices listed below do not reflect the discount)


Memberships went on sale starting March 18. Until the building is open, memberships will be sold at the Parks & Recreation Office located in the City Center at 351 W. Center (sw corner of the basement). Office hours are Monday - Thursday, 7a.m.-6 p.m. A current bill (within the last month) is required to determine residency status. A tax form is required for couple or family memberships to prove dependent status. For questions please call 801-852-6600.




3 Month

6 Month









Adults (18-59)






Youth (3-17)






Adult Couple






Senior (60+)






Senior Couple













*The monthly rate listed in parenthesis is the cost of an annual pass when paying monthly using Electronic Funds Transfer (bank fees included) and does not represent an additional form of membership.  Rates of admission include Veterans Memorial Pool. (seasonal)


Res– is the resident discount rate


Non-Res– is the non-resident rate 



Toddlers under the age of 3 are free.


** Up to six members, each additional 3 month member is $9, 6 month $18, and each additional annual pass holder is $36.  Family consists of a maximum of (2) adults and children 21 years old and under claimed as dependents for tax purposes.


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