The 70,000 square foot Burleson Recreation Center opened in May 2010 for residents and guests of the City of Burleson, Texas, a fast growing suburb of Fort Worth. In developing the facility, the goal was to create a new multi-use recreation facility for the city. The central aquatic amenity is a five-lane, 25-yard lap/leisure pool and there’s also two basketball courts with an elevated jogging track, weight and exercise room, an aerobics & dance studio, a lounge, two meeting rooms with outdoor patios, and two party rooms.
The $16 Million indoor recreational facility also includes an outdoor 6-lane, 25-yard competitive pool with two diving boards and a plunge slide. The outdoor pool represents the first phase of an outdoor aquatic play area to feature competition lap lanes, plunge slides, zero entry pool, and water play elements.
Plans for the facility were born from a need for family recreation/aquatic center that accommodated the needs of the general population. Aesthetically, the premise behind the design of this Recreation Center is the idea of making visual connections between the various spaces within the building from both outside and inside.
From inside the lobby, one can observe almost every main activity that is taking place throughout the building. From the outside, a key attribute was the creation of a dynamic exterior façade with vistas of the aquatic, fitness and jogging track components through the large glass windows. The view is a spectacle on its own, especially at dusk.
Also highlighted in the design is the use of “classic Texas materials,” limestone walls and piers; corrugated galvanized “silver” metal roofing and siding; and heavy timber construction, where possible.
One additional key feature of this project was the collaboration with the local school district to include three additional competition lap lanes and a swim team “ready” room. The school district added construction money to the project to cover this additional cost.
Completing the recreation center fullfiled a master plan and accomplished a number of long term recreational goals. The pool is a major step in the “rebranding” of the city. Following design standards now required for all new commercial and institutional projects, in addition to the use of the “classic Texas materials,” the city has greatly increased its image from an old “cow and grain” town into a contemporary Texas suburban community with a “state of the art” image and recreation amenities. replaced functionally “obsolete and expensive to operate facilities” with a new state of the art complex. This new recreational facility, outdoor pool and a future baseball and soccer fields establishes the “quality of life” image desired for the future growth of Burleson and served the targeted demographic markets.