The community's need for a recreational pool was the driving force behind the formation of the Cañon City Area Metropolitan Recreation and Park District in 1965. In 1967 the R.C. Icabone outdoor pool facility opened for its first season.
In pursuing its mission to continue to provide recreational opportunities, the Recreation District went before the voters twice in 1989 and 2000 for the funding necessary to build a recreation center to replace the aging outdoor swimming pool. Each time, the voters rejected the proposal.
Not to be deterred, a group of concerned citizens began to meet again in 2016 (when the pool was nearing its golden anniversary) to try and find a way to bring a recreation center to the Royal Gorge area. This ongoing process involved a lot of meetings, support from local governmental agencies, community involvement and fundraising efforts. The first step was completing a feasibility study. Discovering that the community might be able to sustain a center, the process moved to step two - a local survey to gauge the the community's likely use of a center, which amenities they would like to see included in the facility, and their willingness to support tax questions to fund it. This survey was released in February of 2020.
In July of 2021 an updated building program concept was presented which included multiple pools, a gym, fitness area, walk/jog track, multi-purpose rooms, and exercise rooms. The renderings of this concept are available on this page. A final feasibility report which included a proforma with revenues and expenses of the proposed facility was released in August of 2021. A second survey gauging current community support for a tax question to fund the project was mailed out to Recreation District residents. The feasibility report and the key findings from the survey are available on this page.
Watch this space for updates as the process for this project continues.
Working with the team at Barker Rinker Seacat, a feasibility study for the proposed recreation center was completed August 2021. You can view or download the report by clicking on the box to the right.
Key findings from the recent mail survey conducted by Beyond Your Base can be found by clicking on the box to the far right.
Recreation Center Concept Renderings
An informational planning update was released with each survey. This document contains answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ's), the concept's floor plan diagram, list of potential program offerings, and renderings. Please click on the box to the right to download and review this document.