The Carla Madison Recreation Center, which has been in the works for more than a decade, finally earned a ribbon cutting on Monday afternoon. The four-story, 67,000-square-foot castle of swimming pools, barbells and shiny wooden floors is now open to facilitate your recreation.
The new center is situated on East Colfax Avenue between Josephine Street and East High School, a neighborhood that Deputy Mayor Happy Hanes said had “a gap in services for many years.” The plan, she said, was officially initiated by a recreation needs assessment in 2005.
Denverites now have access to eight lanes of lap swimming, two diving boards, an in-pool rock wall, a splash pad (complete with a giant bucket overlord), a water slide, a gym for volleyball and basketball, exercise studios, a large weight room and a rooftop patio with a heck of a view.
Carla Madison is a “regional recreation center,” which means it costs $6 or less for a day pass (depending on how old you are) and as much as $332.10 for a year membership. The city has a guide to pricing on the parks and rec website. It’s open seven days a week.