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State-of-the-art recreation center opens in Commerce City

Bison ridge achieves residents’ vision, serves growing community

Post Date:05/29/2018 9:27 AM

The long-awaited Commerce City Bison Ridge Recreation Center opened its doors to the public for the first time tonight during a grand opening celebration. Residents, families and visitors from all around joined in the festivities, marking one of the biggest milestones in the city’s Five Projects, Five Years, voter-approved capital improvement program.

The 108,000-square-foot recreation center includes some unique amenities such as an indoor swimming pool with an indoor/outdoor slide that allows for a custom light show and music; an outdoor yoga/fitness area with mountain views; and a state-of-the-art gymnastics center with in-ground trampoline, three vault runways, and spring flooring. The facility also includes rental rooms for swim parties, three indoor gymnasium courts, catering kitchen, technology lab with free Wi-Fi, RV electrical outlets for food trucks outside, 300-person community room and event space, large fitness/weights area, and the largest collection of public art sculptures in the city.

“Residents told us what they wanted in the new recreation center and today that vision is a reality,” said Mayor Sean Ford. “With residents’ vision and support, Commerce City is now home to a state-of-the-art recreation facility that will serve our growing community for many years to come.” 

In 2013, Commerce City’s voters approved a 1-percent sales and use tax increase for the construction, operations, and maintenance of new parks, recreation, and road projects. The ballot measure was a result of a two-year, community-driven process to identify how to implement programs and services that address growing population needs, achieve vision and build a better Commerce City. The Bison Ridge Recreation Center is one of the final projects in Commerce City’s five-year, voter-approved capital improvement program, which added three new parks, an outdoor aquatic center, the widening of Tower Road, and is currently renovating the Eagle Pointe Recreation Center. View more information

“I am extremely proud of the job we have done and will continue to do to make this community, our community, a Quality Community for a Lifetime,” said DeLilah Collins, member of the Capital Improvements Projects Citizen Advisory Committee. This committee was formed in 2014 to advise the city on matters relating to the 2013 voter approved ballot issue.

Construction began in October 2016. Perkins + Will Global is the designer and Pinkard Construction is the contractor. The budget for the project, which includes significant site and road infrastructure work, was about $60 million.

About 1,000 people attended the grand opening event which was celebrated with a flag raising ceremony, ribbon door opening, and three-hours of activities showcasing the new recreation center. Regular business hours begin May 26. Hours and rates are available online

Bison Ridge opening crowd

Bison Ridge grand opening

Bison Ridge lazy river

Bison Ridge entrance


1 – About 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the opening of the new Bison Ridge Recreation Center in Commerce City. Mayor Sean Ford speaks to the crowd about making a vision a reality.

2 – Commerce City City Council members open the doors for the first time to the public.

3 – Bison Ridge’s pool filled up fast during the grand opening event.

4 – Commerce City Bison Ridge Recreation Center begins regular business hours on May 26, 2018.

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