Landscape Architecture by Kimley-Horn
The City of Goodyear, Arizona, has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade. In 2014, the Phoenix suburb completed their systemwide Parks and Recreation Master Plan which identified support for recreation-based programming and facility needs through community outreach and surveys. The most recent citizen's survey documents showed strong support of the city in continuing to provide recreational opportunities (73%) and maintaining and improving parks (85%).
The city continues to raise the bar in providing superior service through diverse recreation-based programing, offering the community a high quality of life that is reflected in the city's growth. In 2018, the city completed the Recreation Campus Master Plan which included robust community and stakeholder engagement. The project included stakeholder interviews, focus group meetings with user groups, and three community workshops to further validate the support for recreation-based programming and facility needs.
The Goodyear Recreation Campus is like no other as it was inspired, envisioned, and designed by the community, for the community. Home to the city's first recreation center, it provides something for everyone - all ages, abilities, and interests! The 40-acre campus includes a 30-acre community park, a 48,000-square-foot recreation center and aquatic facility. The two-story recreation center includes a teen room, multi-use gymnasium, multi-purpose rooms, fitness areas, and an indoor walking track.
The two-acre aquatics facility includes a 25-yard, eight lane competition pool for open swim, classes, and swim meets while the leisure pool provides a zero-depth water play "splashground" and a perimeter lazy river. The deck also includes a separate 27-foot-high dual slide tower along with a perimeter of shaded cabana areas. The 30-acre community park provides seven acres of open turf, two baseball fields, art plaza, sport courts, inclusive playground, group ramada, and one-mile perimeter multi-use pathway.
The Goodyear Recreation Campus opened to the public on July 3rd, 2021 with great community excitement and enthusiasm attracting over 46,000 visits in the first two weeks. In addition, more than 8,000 passes have been issued.
The vision for the project was to create an integrated campus shaped by the community that includes a recreation center and aquatics facility within the park. The success of the project was dependent on these three elements all speaking to one another to fully integrate the community's experience within the recreation campus.
The project included an artist during the initial master plan as the city wanted to incorporate art from the project outset rather than being an afterthought. The design team welcomed this approach and worked together to develop a "kaleidoscope" theme that cascades through all parts of the campus inside and out. The goal was to create a user experience that provides a sense of discovery as the campus design utilizes shade, light, and color in a whimsical way to offer a new experience with each visit. The campus utilizes a compression and release approach to the park layout, resulting in flexible use of space for multiple levels of programing and different scales of community events.