The Trails Recreation Center
The Trails Recreation CenterCentennial, CO 2006
Situated along the original pioneer trail into Denver, The Trails is the first full-service recreation facility built for the Arapahoe Park and Recreation Department.
The building’s exterior recalls the rooflines of the region’s first prairie homes, cabins and barns, and uses materials and detailing associated with early Western settlements. The extensive use of glass allows inside attractions to be viewed by those approaching and entering the building.
Guests are welcomed by a sunlit atrium structured with wood trusses and planks, and are treated to an immediate view of the water slide. Past the control desk, an overlook places observers above the 9,000-square-foot fitness floor, which offers a view to the park-like site — complete with a creek and trails — through expansive north-facing glass. The 30-foot climbing wall is positioned at the end of the atrium axis, and is showcased at night to a major roadway.
All of the facility’s components radiate away from the central fitness core and are linked by corridors that create highly charged visual connections. Among those components are a separate entry for a child-care/art center, three group exercise rooms, a lap pool, a party room, a fullsize gymnasium and a track with vistas to all recreation amenities.
Rich, earthy finishes such as dark wood trusses, slate-simulated porcelain tile and river rock reinforce the interior’s feeling of warmth and luxury, while Native American imagery is also highlighted throughout. Local plant species served as inspiration for millwork inlays, and light fixtures were selected to suggest kerosene lamps.
Project DetailsArchitect: Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative; Denver, Colo.
Programming/Operational Consultant: Ballard*King & Associates; Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Construction Cost: $12 million
Square Feet: 75,500
Occupancy: November 2004
Aerobics Flooring: Action Floor Systems LLC
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Equipment
Basketball Surfaces: Connor Sports Flooring
Climbing Walls: Monolithic Sculptures Inc.
Court Panels/Glass: Sports Unlimited Inc.
Elliptical Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Elliptical Equipment: Life Fitness
Elliptical Equipment: Precor Inc.
Exercise Balls: Thera-Band Products/Hygenic Corp.
Fitness Center Flooring: Connor Sports Flooring
Floor Finishes: Connor Sports Flooring
Free Weight Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Handicapped Equipment: Spectrum Aquatics
Multipurpose Surfaces: Connor Sports Flooring
Pool Chemical Control Systems: Siemens
Pool Cleaners/Vacuums: Spectrum Aquatics
Pool Filters: Siemens
Pool Gutters: Myrtha Pools USA
Pool Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics
Pool Lane Markers: Dal-Tile Corp.
Pool Lane Markers: Inlays Inc.
Pool Lighting: Pentair Water Pool & Spa
Pool Sanitization Systems: Arch Chemicals Inc.
Pool Starting Blocks: Spectrum Aquatics
Pool Surface: Myrtha Pools USA
Pool Water Play Features: Splashtacular
Saunas/Whirlpools: Finlandia/Harvia Sauna Products
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Colorado Time & Colorado Display Systems
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc.
Stair Climbers: Life Fitness
Stair Climbers: Precor Inc.
Stair Climbers: Cybex International Inc.
Stationary Bikes: Life Fitness
Stationary Bikes: LeMond Fitness Inc.
Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Surface: Sports Unlimited Inc.
Treadmills: Cybex International Inc.
Treadmills: Life Fitness
Treadmills: Precor Inc.
Wall Padding: Porter Athletic Equipment
Weight Room Flooring: Mondo USA