In Summit County, instead of "Do what you say," couldn't we riff on that slogan to mean "Put your money where you play,"? Our county is a place of serious and unrepentant recreators. Studies show that all this play is not merely whimsical. From diverse studies including longevity, happiness, best-small-town, most-vibrant-arts-districts and even obesity; Summit County rates as an incredibly healthy place to live. The ski areas are the crown jewels, the golf courses legendary; the trail systems are practically mythical. Yet, there is one more ingredient in the special sauce — our Breckenridge Recreation Center.
From basketball courts to indoor climbing walls, free weights, movement studios, swimming pools, tennis courts and more, an active life at altitude is heavily supplemented by indoor options. And because we are so good at playing, you’ll see kiddos side by side with Olympic and World Cup alpine athletes, yoginis and tennis players, families in the aquatics center and the power lifters all in the mix, without pretension or the menace that seems to come with some gym culture. This is a recreation center, after all — in the heartland of recreation.
So where does the money come into the story? The recent renovation of the Breckenridge Rec Center rang in at about $17 million dollars worth of commitment to happy and healthy. Added were 11,000 square feet of new recreation space, including an indoor turf area for summer-starved soccer and lacrosse players. An entire children’s wing is slated to harness kiddos in that post-ski season, pre-summer-shoulder season locally referred to as mud season. The fitness area tripled in size and was rechristened by Town of Breckenridge Recreation Director Scott Reid as a “Fitness Mecca.” There is also a stand-alone tennis center, The Breckenridge Tennis Center.