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See inside central Denver’s new $44 million urban recreation center – The Denver Post

When it opens next month, Denver’s new Carla Madison Recreation Center will be a marvel of the parks system, from its outdoor climbing wall and bouldering rock to separate lap pool and children’s pool areas to a stacked-floor design that makes it the city’s first truly urban facility.

Throughout, the center gets plenty natural light and, from some vantages that include a rooftop deck, has stunning views of downtown and the mountains to the west.

The nearly complete $44 million project is at East Colfax Avenue and Josephine Street, across the City Park Esplanade from East High School. The Denver Post recently took a tour inside the 67,000-square-foot, five-story center — the city’s first new recreation center since 2011 — on a recent morning, as workers set up weight and cardio equipment and focused on finishing touches. (Scroll down to see photos inside and outside the building.)

The rec center is set to open in the first half of January, although a date hasn’t yet been scheduled. That opening was recently pushed back nearly a month, but Denver Parks and Recreation officials say the reasons, including an issue involving backup generator power to the elevators, were minor.

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