In 2001, Johnstown residents voted for a new tax to fund a future recreation center, and in 2020 that dream was finally realized. The project is owned by the city but operated by the YMCA of Northern Colorado. Members of the Johnstown Community YMCA benefit from exciting opportunities to participate in fitness and wellness programs, sports programs, camps and youth programs, enrichment programs and special events.
The plan is organized around the relationships between the pool, fitness spaces, gymnasium and childcare areas. At the two-story lobby, the public activity spaces are all evident from the reception desk, either through glazed views — as into the pool and gym — or direct sightlines to the fitness mezzanine. Beyond the reception desk, a gallery intended to showcase local artworks leads beyond the gymnasium to the childcare wing.
Among all features of this building, the aquatic experience stands out. The natatorium houses both a competitive lap pool and a warm-water leisure pool with a wide range of fun features. The exterior has operable glass walls to open the natatorium to the outdoors, where a splash pad rounds out the aquatic experience.
It was important to stakeholders that the building be a true center of the community, full of activity that appeals to all interests — a vibrant recreational complex. The design reflects the heritage of the town, but with an eye toward the future. The building’s form and warm materials of brick and sandstone complement Johnstown’s other downtown buildings, while ample windows glow with activity from morning to evening.