Carla Madison Recreation Center (Central Denver)

The first urban community recreation center in Colorado.

This unique location provides an opportunity to connect to and extend City Park into the urban environment along Colfax Avenue, the longest continuous street in the nation. The City Park Esplanade which extends south from City Park along the eastern portion of the Recreation Center’s site provides opportunities to restore the historic connections to East High School and the historic Esplanade. This pivotal location also provides an opportunity to strengthen connections between the renewed energy of a quickly redeveloping Colfax and the adjacent historic residential neighborhoods to the north and the south.

This facility will provide greatly needed recreation opportunities to a currently underserved population in the surrounding areas. The five-level, LEED Gold certified facility will include a leisure pool, 8-lane lap pool, gymnasium, fitness areas, community gathering spaces, classrooms and outdoor amenities. The site will be designed in a way to create a new venue for community gathering.

These key elements make this project unique:

  • First Urban Community Recreation Center in Colorado
  • Small, urban site focused on pedestrian connections to Colfax, East High School,  Neighborhoods and visual connections to Denver and the Front Range. 
  • 5-level solution.
  • Connection to the outdoors with glass, outdoor climbing wall, rooftop activity area and garage doors in upper-level fitness rooms. 
  • Maximized site amenities with harvest tables, dog playground, bouldering wall, b-cycle station, table tennis and future retail.
  • Rain gardens to filter runoff from parking and building.
  • Public Art as part of building façade.
  • Rooftop event space with views to civic cent

See the news coverage from the Grand Opening ceremonies:



Check out a time lapse of the construction from Adolfson Peterson Construction's live cam.

Video courtesy of Adolfson & Peterson Construction.