One of the largest projects planned for the Eastside Regional Park in El Paso will be the recreation center/natatorium that will sit on the park's southern side.
|The recreation center at the Eastside Regional Park in El Paso will include a competition-ready pool, a gymnasium, and various activity rooms. (In*Situ Architecture)|
As planning for the park ramps up, we're getting a better look at the recreation center through renderings posted by the center's architect.
A final design was recently chosen in public meetings, and the site plan shows various recreation and office rooms, a gymnasium, and a large pool area within the building. The aquatics area will include a natatorium with a 50-meter "competition-ready" pool and an adjacent a warm up/cool down pool
Just outside the structure, the plan includes a recreational pool with a "lazy river" and water slides. Dozens of trees surround the building, play areas, and nearby parking spaces.
|The site plan for the future Eastside Regional Park recreation center shows the competition-ready pool area in blue and a gymnasium in pink. (In*Situ Architecture)|
The recreation center is included in phase one of the park's construction. There will be a total of three phases in which the massive 92-acre park will be constructed, making it nearly twice as large as Album Park, also in East El Paso.
(Previously: Olympic-Size Pool, Aquatics Center First Up at Massive Eastside Regional Park)
The Eastside Regional Park, located along Hueco Club Road south of Montana Avenue, is a $48 million Quality of Life project approved by voters in 2012.
|Another view of the future recreation center coming to the Eastside Regional Park in El Paso. (In*Situ Architecture)|
Other phases of the construction plan include four diamond fields, six flat fields, handball, volleyball, and multi-use courts. Playgrounds, a dog park, a skate park, a BMX park, and an amphitheater are also planned.
|A model of the recreation center planned for the Eastside Regional Park in El Paso, presented at a community meeting held in May. (City of El Paso)|
Construction of the first phase should see "substantial completion" by summer of 2018, according to the City's website. The design of this phase has been created by In*Situ Architecture of El Paso and the Dallas office of Perkins+Will Global.