This 10,000-square-foot community recreation center took over the former power site. Formed by the partnership of the City of Austin and the YMCA, and supported by Vision 2020, this facility provides community members a safe, affordable, and healthy environment to meet, play, and exercise.
The site is in downtown Austin at the decommissioned power plant and the site was chosen for its ability to create a central, easily accessible community destination and in order to redevelop a large, underutilized site.
The two-story facility includes a gymnastics area, community education and event space, leisure and lap lane pools, a wellness center and an indoor play area, as well as a gymnasium, track, and basketball courts. The overall design allows the YMCA to operate designated areas, while City-financed spaces like the youth activity center and indoor playground are free and open to the public.
The building and site has been planned to enable expansion possibilities in the future.
Construction began in mid-2018 and was completed January 6, 2019. Including land acquisition, design fees, construction, furnishings, and equipment, the total cost will be between $35-40 million.