"Put your money where your mouth is?" 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. (There truly exists a fairy forest. A quick Internet search will reveal more.) But there is one more ingredient in the special sauce — our rec centers.
From basketball courts to indoor climbing walls, to 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 Recreation Center, truly more of an overhaul, 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 indoor turf area for summer-starved soccer and lacrosse players. An entire children’s wing is slated to open in April or May — a critical time for harnessing kiddos in that post-ski season, pre-summer-shoulder season locally referred to as mud season. This addition alone should send ripples of happiness through town for the previously recreation-option-challenged families; as local parent and Mayor Eric Mamula stated, many parents “go absolutely bonkers” looking for indoor options. The fitness area has tripled in size and been rechristened by Town of Breckenridge Recreation Director Scott Reid as a “Fitness Mecca.” A stand alone tennis center The Breckenridge Tennis Center opens, today, Friday, Feb 2. The official ribbon cutting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 6, and community is encouraged to attend this free event.
According to Reid in the Summit Daily News:
"I think this addresses a lot of the needs the community has," Reid said of the overall project. "That's really been the focus. This is much more a community facility than it is a rec center, and I think this allows us to handle daycare better, to handle the cardio needs that we have. Again, I think it's really a broad-based renovation that's going to help a lot of people."