Rec Center to reopen

May 4, 2019

Those attending Saturday’s health fair at the Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center will be the first to check out the building’s major upgrades, which include an updated waterslide and new entrance.

The building’s soft opening for the St. John’s Medical Center Community Health Fair concludes a six-week rec center closure for renovations. The fair runs from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday for a morning of free screenings and healthy giveaways.

On Monday, May 6, the Rec Center plans to fully reopen, unveiling a fresh coat of paint and flooring, an updated slide and mushroom dome at the pool, and totally renovated locker rooms, including expanded family locker rooms.

“New floors, new partitions, the toilets have been raised, we have new showers, the whole works,” Rec Center Operations Manager Phil Moya said. The new locker rooms also feature new textured floors to make them cleaner and less slippery.

At the pool, the resurfaced slide and mushroom dome waterfall are now painted a bright red — “it really pops,” Moya said — with retouched and newly graded stairs.

The entryway into the Rec Center is also completely new. When users walk in, they’ll be greeted by the front desk, but a separate area overlooking the pool offers a more “active space” for kids to play in while they’re between programs, Moya said.

“Transitionally, if they’re going from archery to taekwondo, mom and dad can come in here, the children can come in here, we’ll have a foosball table and other activities,” Moya said.

The reopening will be celebrated the weekend of May 11 and 12, when the Rec Center will offer free swimming and other free programming and activities, from fitness to archery to basketball.

Rec Center staff will move into brand-new offices in a building addition.

This round of renovations is only phase one of at least three that are contemplated in a master plan for the space. Further phases could include an exterior splash pad, playground, walking track and climbing gym.

At the open house May 11-12, Moya said staff will be providing more information and exhibits on future phasing.