Recreation centers offer key benefits to their communities – they promote healthy, active lifestyles and stronger interpersonal relationships; offer a safe space for children and teens; and contribute to tourism and economic growth. Now under construction, the new Watauga County Recreation Center is no exception – it will deliver on the Watauga Parks and Recreation Department’s goals for enjoyable, fun, and safe programming.

Watauga County partnered with Clark Nexsen to design a 100,000 square foot facility that features a wide variety of rec spaces including a six-lane competition pool and leisure pool, four full-size gymnasiums, a multipurpose studio, events classroom, fitness center with weight and exercise rooms, two birthday party rooms, and an elevated jogging track. This facility will also encompass the county’s Parks and Recreation offices, supporting employees’ sense of purpose by integrating their offices alongside rec center users.

In addition to enhancing indoor recreational opportunities, the new center will improve connectivity with outdoor amenities such as the Town of Boone’s greenway system – a network of continuous jogging and walking trails.