The Montopolis Recreation + Community Center will jointly replace two aging facilities and be co-operated by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Public Health Department. This building will be rebuilt to provide over 33,000 square feet of new space, including a commercial kitchen, gymnasium, fitness room, computer lab, conference rooms and educational programming areas. The building’s design seeks to support the initiatives of each partnering department by fostering mental and physical well-being through community recreation and the pursuit of healthy lifestyles.

Montopolis Rendering Entry View

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Construction for the Montopolis Recreation and Community Center began Sept. 5, 2018. On August 17, 2019, at 4:00 p.m., the former Montopolis Recreation Center closed its doors allowing construction to begin for the new recreation and community center, scheduled to open at the end of 2020.

Montopolis Recreation Center programs will continue in the interim with Out of School Time programming at Allison Elementary and other programs such as Seniors, Karate, and Small Wonders to be held at the Ruiz Branch of the Austin Public Library. Community members can stay up-to-date by visiting the Montopolis Recreation Center website or by signing up for the Montopolis Community Recreation Newsletter.

The Old Montopolis Recreation Center has been demolished work has started on the new parking lot.

The Old Montopolis Recreation Center has been demolished work has started on the new parking lot.

 

Exterior windows are continuing to be installed. The building is expected to be 100% closed in with all windows & doors in December.

Exterior windows are continuing to be installed. The building is expected to be 100% closed in with all windows & doors in December.

 

Installation of exterior windows taking place near the gymnasium.

Installation of exterior windows taking place near the gymnasium.

 

Main Lobby view from second floor on Parks and Recreation Department side.

Main Lobby view from second floor.

 

 Second floor track looking towards existing playground. Basketball courts will be below on the first floor.

 Second floor track looking towards existing playground. Basketball courts will be below on the first floor.

Cleanup Project

During a recent building survey, asbestos was found in wall and floor materials. To prepare the old Montopolis Recreation Center for demolition, materials containing asbestos must be safely removed and disposed of following state and federal regulations. The asbestos removal is scheduled to occur beginning mid-September to October. Once the asbestos-containing materials are abated, the demolition and renovation will continue following the construction schedule, managed by the City of Austin Public Works Department.

Cleanup project documents will be available at the Austin Public Library Ruiz Branch, located at 1600 Grove Blvd or online. Questions or comments may be submitted by email to brownfields@austintexas.gov. Media inquiries regarding the abatement should be directed to Susanne Harm at 512-974-9087.

Community Engagement

Community Meet and Greet

September 8, 2016 at 1200 Montopolis Drive  

Community Visioning Workshops 

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department hosted two Community Visioning Workshops for the new Montopolis Recreation and Community Center Project. The two events were an opportunity for residents to collaborate with neighbors on the planning of access to the new facility, how it connects to the community, and how the building and its amenities fit on the site. The events were family-friendly and all were welcome to attend.

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Floor Plan Design Review

Final Design Presentation

A final design was presented at the Cinco de Mayo Event at Montopolis Recreation Center on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

Background

The former Montopolis Recreation Center was originally owned by Dolores Catholic Church. In 1971, the City of Austin entered into an agreement to operate the building as an extension of PARD services. In 1973, PARD purchased the building and the surrounding land. In 1974, a deed was executed by the City to dedicate 2.55 acres of land for community use. The Montopolis Recreation Center has served the community for over four decades. The prior facility was in poor condition and could no longer meet the needs of a growing and vibrant community.

The Montopolis Recreation and Community Center Project was approved by Austin voters in the November 2012 bond election. This facility is aligned with Imagine Austin priorities as well as policy recommendations from the Bond Election Advisory Task Force (BEATF) provided to City Council. The program for the new facility was developed with extensive public input from the Montopolis community beginning in 2014. Upon completion, the Montopolis Recreation and Community Center will be a jointly-operated facility between the Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Public Health.

Contact

Paul Mendoza, Project Manager

Public Works, City of Austin

512-974-1272  email