Catskill Recreation Center taking shape


By Brian Sweeney
Work on the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville is steadily progressing as the indoor pool facility is readied for opening next spring.
Mary and Kingdon Gould Jr. of Arkville and family members are developing the project to help provide a state-of-the-start facility that can be enjoyed by the community on a year-round basis.
Joel F. Cheely Jr., AIA, president of the Syracuse-based VIP Architectural Associates PLLC, which designed and is building the recreation center, told the News that the project is going well and is on schedule.
“The work is going great. The foundations are complete and half of the building steel has been delivered and is being erected at this time,” Mr. Cheely commented.

Underway in July
A ceremonial groundbreaking for the indoor swimming facility was held on July 8. Site work by the Hubbell Companies of Margaretville commenced immediately. The most time-consuming process was the drilling and connection of 25 wells that will supply geothermal heating for the project.
In addition to the environmentally friendly geothermal system, Mr. Cheely said that solar powered options are also a possibility for the facility.
He indicated that the center will include a lap pool suitable for competition, as well as a zero-entry-depth recreational pool.

Multi-purpose spece
Mr. Cheely said the 18,000-square-foot building is being configured to include one large multi-purpose, community use room, in addition to the pool. The multi-purpose room would likely exercise equipment and be available for uses like yoga and community gatherings.
He indicated that the Catskill Recreation Center is on target to be ready for opening next spring, but an exact date has not been pinpointed.
“There are still details being worked out and some options are still being considered,” the architect explained.
The building is being configured to accommodate an indoor skating rink, but that facility would likely be added in several years, Mr. Gould has indicated.
At the July ceremony to officially kick-off on the project, Mr. Gould said that he and his family are excited to see the project reaching fruition, many years after it was introduced.
“Hopefully it will be attractive for the community and it will help add an extra element of interest to the area,” he told the crowd of approximately 100 public officials and community members in attendance.