Casa Grande’s new Community Recreation Center has opened to rave reviews adding a new focal point to the city’s reputation as a growing, family-friendly community. The center, built at a cost of $18.2 million, will offer sports programs, group fitness classes, kids programs, a fitness loft with state-of-the-art equipment, and special events. The center will also serve as the new home for the Boys and Girls Club of the Casa Grande Valley.

The front entrance of the Community Recreation Center

The front entrance of the Community Recreation Center

“The Community Recreation Center embodies the city’s focus on creating an environment where families grow and thrive,” said Casa Grande Mayor Craig McFarland. “It’s a facility designed to be used by all ages to play, get fit, take a class, or hold special events. It will serve our residents well for generations to come.”

The Community Recreation Center space totals 55,000 square feet. Amenities in the center include:

  • A 13,000 square foot gym that features two basketball and volleyball courts, six hoops, pickleball courts, and a multi-purpose floor for a variety of activities;
  • A fitness loft featuring treadmills, ellipticals, ascent trainers, bikes with new 7xi consoles, free weights, strength training, stretching, and multi-functional machines;
  • Two group fitness rooms that will host classes such as yoga, Barre, Zumba, Group Power, Group Active, Group Ride, Yin Yoga and more;
  • Rooms for meetings, special events, birthday parties, and other celebrations.

The Community Recreation Center was a journey 13 years in the making. Voters first approved funding for the center in a bond election in 2006, but the Great Recession put the project on hold until the economy recovered. Ground was broken for the center early last year.

In the weeks leading up to the grand opening, the Community Recreation Center hosted two open houses for residents to get an early look inside the new facility. The response has been overwhelmingly positive.

“We’re delighted with the response from those who have had an opportunity to experience the Community Recreation Center and try out the equipment,” said Casa Grande Community Services Director Steve Hardesty.” “This is a state-of-the-art facility that also provides a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for fun and fitness.”

The Community Recreation Center is located at 1905 N. Peart Road at the southwest corner of Peart and Kortsen roads. Most of the programs and activities in the Community Recreation Center require a membership, however admission is free until May 31, 2019.  For information about daily, monthly, and annual memberships, or to reserve rooms for special events, go to or call (520) 421-8677.