In an area of the city rich with history, Austin’s Montopolis neighborhood is taking a step into the future – while nodding to the past – with the new Montopolis Recreation Center. The facility serves as the centerpiece of the community — a central gathering and activity space and a gateway to the Montopolis neighborhood.
The design team worked in concert with the City of Austin Public Works Department, the Parks and Recreation Department and the Health and Human Services Department. The facility includes individual and group training areas, a gymnasium for basketball and volleyball, an elevated jogging track, group exercise rooms and, most notably, an exercise room with a ring for boxing — a sport of great importance to the Montopolis neighborhood for decades.
The site plan reflected great effort to preserve existing trees, particularly the protected trees and heritage trees surrounding the new building. To achieve this, the building is set back farther from the street than would be typical, staying out of the trees’ critical root zones. An added benefit is the creation of a shaded public plaza, which will provide a venue for community events. The scale of the new building has been designed to complement and not overwhelm its neighborhood context. The community was surveyed early in the design process to identify the characteristics they would like to see the facility embody. Through its materiality and reserved integration into the site, the design displays the relaxed, unpretentious attitude the community sought, while special elements such as the gym, the multipurpose rooms and the boxing center display a more adventurous and energetic form.
ARCHITECT OF RECORD
McKinney York Architects
Locker/Shower - Lockers
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands
Hussey Seating Company
Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track