Berthoud Recreation Center at Waggener Farm Park

Berthoud, Colorado

Berthoud Recreation Center at Waggener Farm Park is part of the first phase of a Parks Master Plan that was conducted in Berthoud, Colorado. Within the Waggener Farm Park site, the main programing goals were to include a community recreation center, a community destination park, outdoor sports fields, outdoor community gathering spaces and pedestrian connection to the adjacent residential properties and overall trails network.

LocationBerthoud, Colorado

ClientTown of Berthoud


CategoryAquatics, Planning + Studies, Multigenerational

Square Footage49,000



Saving Scenery

The Waggener Farm Park site is approximately 59 acres. The site was previously leased by a farmer and operated for agricultural use. The northern third is slated for development of this project while the larger southern portion will remain primarily natural landscape.

Welcome to the Front Porch

Stepping Inside the Farmhouse

Inside, tile mosaics and murals draw your eye through the spaces highlighting the locker rooms and the waterslide tower. A boulder climbing wall stretches along the breezeway. A pre-engineered metal gymnasium has basketball, volleyball, pickleball courts and a walking track. The aquatics center has a lazy river, large hot tub, three-lane lap pool, activity pool with spray features, climbing wall and jump platform, sprayground and waterslide. Fitness includes an outdoor fitness area. Other amenities include a flexible group fitness room, a community event room, and child watch.

Long's Peak

The iconic view of Long's Peak, which was an important connecting identifier in the community, was represented on the waterslide tower wall in a glass tile mosaic.

The painting Long’s Peak, Colorado, by William Henry Holmes from 1874 became the inspiration for the mosaic.

This facility was featured in Park and Rec BusinessRead More

Inclusive Signage

Berthoud won a Columbine Award from Colorado Parks & Recreation Association for innovation in new facility design. The center won a Dream Design award from Aquatics International in 2022. The center is also a participant in Rec Camp and the Benchmark Network.

Click here for a virtual tour.

“It is a rec center, but I see it as a community gathering spot as well. There were a lot of boxes we were checking as we built it that made it not your typical rec center.”

– Jeremy Olinger, Deputy Town Administrator

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