17 Feb 2015
Meet me at the barn, AKA the amazing Reunion Rec Center
Dubbed “Big Red,” Reunion’s rural-themed, award-winning, 21,000-square-foot rec center is more than a $5.28 million investment in the community. It’s an investment in a sense of community.
On any given day at the rec center, you’ll see countless children’s sports programs in progress: basketball, soccer, and flag football, just to name a few.
“We have a young, dynamic community with lots of kids in the two- to eight-year-old range,” says Operations Manager Melissa Murray. “The children’s programs are extremely popular.”
Special events are equally well-received, she explains. “Reunion is a very tight-knit community. Everyone loves coming out and spending time with their neighbors.” Melissa says the best-attended events are the Red White & Blue Fest for the Fourth of July; Kite and Flight, a celebration of everything that flies, from insects to kites to radio-controlled airplanes; and Movie Nights, when films in the park are projected on a giant inflatable screen, supplemented by food trucks and games.
Adults have fun ways to stay fit, too. The rec center offers Zumba, yoga, aerobics, boot camp, P90x, personal training, and more. Not to mention all the amenities, such as a full-court gym perfect for shooting hoops after a long day at work. Or the fitness center, which features 12 LifeFitness cardio machines, including ellipticals, treadmills, and bikes, and more than 40 pieces of free-weight and stationary lift equipment. In the summer, residents love to take advantage of the outdoor pool, with its 100-foot slide and interactive water features. Residents can even rent out the pool for parties, as well as meeting rooms for business or club meetings.
Positioned at the eastern end of Reunion Park, the recreation center includes a wall of windows that makes those trips on the treadmills breathtaking—in a good way. Aesthetics played a key role in the center’s construction. In 2004, the facility won the Recreation Management Innovative Architecture & Design Award, cited for its “clear reflection of the community’s philosophy. A very rural character is conveyed in a state-of-the-art facility.”
So yes, Big Red offers far more than meets the eye. Inside this bright red barn with metal water tower and cozy porches is an amazingly up-to-date facility. And the heart of a community.