Draper Recreation Center

Draper, UT
Construction Cost: $21,991,059
Area / Square Feet: 60,000 s.f.
Occupancy Date: March 2020

In 2018, Salt Lake County procured Architectural Nexus to plan and program a new recreation center and expanded aquatic center to meet the needs for a cultural center in Draper, Utah.

Through the use of site studies, traffic analysis, programming studies and community impact research, the design team worked to engage the public, neighbors, staff and users to help define a place that would form a community center. An extensive public outreach campaign utilizing visualization, surveys, public meetings and a website helped the programming and planning team receive valuable public input on what amenities, programs and services should be included in the new facility. This public interest design approach continued through the design process, as the team worked with Salt Lake County staff to hold public in-person events and to deploy a website during each phase of design. The resulting structure creates a place that is truly a community center.

The Draper Recreation Center draws biophilic inspiration from the mountainside near the beginning of the local watershed. As the water descends toward the valley it creates a canyon space that acts as a source of life, creates a way-finding pattern, and becomes a connection between different biomes.


LEAD ARCHITECT: Architectural Nexus



  • Eight-lane, 25-yard lap pool
  • Seating for 200 spectators
  • Leisure pool with two 16-yard lap lanes
  • Water slide
  • Water play features
  • Lazy river
  • Swim-lift entries at 4 feet


Chemical Control Systems: BECS Technology Inc. 

Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time Systems

Lane Markers: Competitor Swim

Access Ramps/Stairs, Gutters: Myrtha Pools

Circulation Pumps, Filtration Systems: Neptune Benson / Evoqua

ADA Lifts, Covers, Ladders/Grab Bars, Starting Blocks: Spectrum Aquatics

Swimsuit Extractor: SUITMATE® by Extractor Corporation

46Draper Recreation Center©Melissa Kelsey