A Tale of Two Cities

The school will have its own locker rooms in the facility, rounding out the school-specific side of the rec center building. The rec center will also offer opportunities for work-study programs and intramural athletics for kids not involved in interscholastic athletics.

“The building itself was designed to segregate the high school kids from the patrons. We had coffees where we went to people’s homes during the selling of the ballot issue. A lot of people said they didn’t want to recreate with high-school kids,” says Kaminski.

“For example, when the high-school kids use the field house the area they’re using is separated by curtains. They have separate locker rooms. There will not be a time when our patrons won’t be able to do what they want to do. The only exception is during a swim meet, but the leisure pool has three lap lanes and will be open for lap swim during swim meets.”

The building, by design, segregates high-school users from rec center users. The timing of school with everyone else’s workdays naturally helps keep peak times on either side from overlapping. As Kaminski notes, those workday hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. are typically slow. The peak and slow times for both sides fit together like clockwork.

“We studied a lot of recreational trends and usage patterns throughout the area and we felt very confident that we would be able to do this,” says Kaminksi.

Part and parcel with this strategy was security. The entrances are tightly regulated, particularly the one entrance to and from the high school.

“That’s why we have one door into the school — we don’t want a bad person to get into our facility and into the school, and vice-versa. We’re able to tell you exactly who is going in and out of that door,” says Kaminski. “Our field house is actually in the basement of the school because of the topography of the ground. It’s a lot more than you just walk through the door and you’re in the school.”

The high-school kids meet upstairs, the coach or teacher slides their ID through card through a reader and the door unlocks. Then, the coach or teacher brings the children in and the door automatically shuts and locks behind them.

Once downstairs the teacher slides their card again. Once that’s approved they all go into the field house, the door shuts behind them and they’re locked off. That door can’t be opened again until they slide their card to go back through it. Plus, there are only a few people who have security cards that open the doors.

The Layout

The competition pool is separated from the leisure pool by a wall. The leisure pool includes water geysers, a spray ground, a 129-foot water slide, a current channel, a hot water spa and an outdoor sundeck.

Adjacent to the leisure pool is three sets of locker rooms — a general patron locker room, three family locker rooms and a physical education locker room for the schools, which is used as overflow for the other locker rooms after 5 p.m., weekends and during the summer.

The fitness center is about 8,000 square feet, with 13 treadmills, five upright bikes and five stationary bikes. The room is split in two, with cardio and mechanical weightlifting equipment on one side and free weights on the other (for more about the fitness centers in Medina and Longmont, see the sidebar on page xx).

Other fitness amenities include two 2,000 square foot aerobics rooms with two separate sound systems, a 1/12-mile track and a spinning area.

Three community rooms can either be rented for social events or used for rec center programming. One of the rooms has its own kitchen, and one has a removable wall for creating one very large room, or two smaller ones. Kaminski says “the technology in this building is incredible. We have voice, video and data throughout the facility.”

The child care area, called the Rascal Room, is connected to an outdoor playground. When the Rascal Room is closed, patrons can use the outdoor playground.

The cafe is run by the rec center, with food — like bagels, Danishes, sandwiches and soups — supplied by a local restaurant. It’s another area of local partnership that benefits the rec center, the public and the restaurant.

Medina’s rec center has actively been seeking these local partnerships to help enhance its new facility. The rec center has a contract with Medina General Hospital; the hospital will use the facility to provide physical therapy to its patients and the rec center’s patrons.

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