El Paso Eastside Recreation Center
El Paso Eastside Recreation Center

Eastside Recreation Center

El Paso, Texas
A Transformational Project

The colors, forms and light of the desert inspired the team designing a recreation and community center for the City of El Paso. Cultural and geological references to nearby Hueco Tanks State Park anchor the building to its site.

Located on the fast-growing east side of El Paso, the center creates an oasis for a historically ignored, multigenerational population. It provides a competition-class aquatics facility, gym, senior center, and outdoor aquatic park.

El Paso Eastside Recreation Center - Entrance
El Paso Eastside Recreation Center - Hueco Tanks
A local historic treasure resembled.

The preferred design concept by the community was the Hueco Tanks Concept. Throughout the last 10,000 years, Hueco Tanks has provided water, food and shelter to travelers in the Chihuahuan Desert. The organization of the new facility is a collector of recreational activities organized around water-based activities (Hueco Tanks). Beautiful natural colors and ancient wall art found at the Hueco Tanks are inspirations for materials, colors, and graphics in the new facility.

El Paso Eastside Recreation Center - Sketch
El Paso Eastside Recreation Center - Shades
The control of the intense but dynamic desert light was a design driver throughout the project. Shade structures provide relief from intense desert sun, while allowing exterior activities, and transitioning between inside and outside.
El Paso Eastside Recreation Center - Lighted Facade
An illuminated landmark for the neighborhood.

In support of a city-driven lighting initiative, the south facade is splashed with vibrant colors at night.

El Paso Eastside Recreation Center - Pool
Oblique gaps between panels in the pool allow natural light into the space without creating reflections on the water.
El Paso Eastside Recreation Center - Facade Gaps
People-focused design.

At the center of the design has been public input with focus group/charrette meetings, and four more community input meetings. Multiple concepts were developed by our design team each with ideas that centered around indigenous regional themes.

El Paso Eastside Recreation Center - Lobby
Entry Lobby; Natatorium at left, Community Center at right
El Paso Eastside Recreation Center - Elevated Track
El Paso Eastside Recreation Center - Gym
Tilt-wall panels are spaced along the north gymnasium wall to filter natural light.
El Paso Eastside Recreation Center - Aerial View
This new facility will be the first phase of a park masterplan that includes lighted ball fields, skate park, dog park, playgrounds and an amphitheater.

Project Team

People
Ron Stelmarski
Matthew Crummey
People
Matthew Crummey