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Watauga Recreation Center

Boone, NC

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In 2018, Watauga County commissioned Counsilman-Hunsaker to provide an in-depth study for their upcoming recreation and aquatic center. The study included potential revenue and possible expenses for their preferred concept, affording the county a better understanding of how to move forward with a new recreation and aquatic facility.

Pleased from the results of the study, the County proceeded with construction, and the new recreation center opened in the fall of 2020, offering key benefits to Watauga County citizens. It will also be an economic driver as the facility hosts tournaments, swim meets, and other events for the community.

The recreation center features a wide variety of spaces, including a competition pool and leisure pool, four full-size gymnasiums, a multipurpose studio, events classroom, fitness center with weight and exercise rooms, two birthday party rooms, and a suspended track. Visitors are met with a double-level glazed lobby and monumental staircase that leads to the fitness center and a suspended running track on the upper level.

Honor Award

AIA North Carolina

2020

Pool Type

Indoor 25 Yard

Indoor Leisure

Project Type

Parks and Recreation

Project Service

Design Services

Feasibility Study

Status

Completed 2020

Architect

Clark Nexsen

Project Amenities

The recreation center features a wide variety of spaces, including a competition pool and leisure pool, four full-size gymnasiums, a multipurpose studio, events classroom, fitness center with weight and exercise rooms, two birthday party rooms, and a suspended track. Visitors are met with a double-level glazed lobby and monumental staircase that leads to the fitness center and a suspended running track on the upper level.

3,500 sq. ft. Competition Pool

Six 25-yard lap lanes

Climbing wall

Stair entry

Water basketball

Play structure

Runout Waterslide

2,650 sq. ft. Leisure Pool

Zero beach entry

Two 55 ft. lap lanes

Waterslide

Water basketball

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