fter 15 years of deliberation, the town of Troy, Ala., finally decided that the void in recreation options for its citizens needed to come to an end. The new Troy Parks and Recreation Center leaves no option unfulfilled with its spacious multipurpose complex.
Located next to the Troy Sportsplex, which is designed to accommodate softball and baseball tournaments, the new recreation center houses two full-court gymnasiums, two racquetball courts, a four-lane heated indoor pool, an eight-lane outdoor pool and a sprayground. Both basketball courts are set up for college regulation volleyball games and have a divider that can be lifted to allow for banquets, meetings and receptions.
According to Troy Director of Parks and Recreation Dan Smith, the new center also was crucial in meeting the needs for the town's proud gymnastics tradition.
"The old gymnastics facility was about 60 years old and constantly was cold and had a leaky roof," Smith said. "With over 300 participants at any given time, the new fully equipped gymnastics area can easily accommodate these activities."
The spaciousness of the facility allows for two full stories of ceiling height in the gymnasiums, gymnastics area and indoor pool. The mezzanine level that is adjacent to these wide open areas allows for a running track and observation areas that overlook the two gymnasiums and indoor pool. On the first floor of the center, opposite these spacious areas are smaller rooms that include lockers, administrative offices, a teen center, a concession area and a food court.
Smith said that the new facility enhances the quality of life in Troy without duplicating services that are already offered by the town. The center's sprayground is the first of its kind, and was designed for younger children who may be intimidated by the facility's larger pools. The center also offers the "Walk with Me" program, which involves citizens meeting at 9 a.m. to walk around the track, promoting fitness and community bonding. Additional programs include ballroom dancing, swimming lessons and a "Kids Night Out" program that allows children ages 5 to 12 to participate in various activities for three-and-a-half hours supervised by safety certified instructors.
"Troy already has the Sportsplex next door and a fitness center with weight machines and aerobic equipment, so we made sure not to compete with the town's other small businesses or other health complexes," Smith said.