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Facility of the Month: February 2021

The Cottonwood Recreation Center

Cottonwood, Arizona


The mission of the Cottonwood Recreation Center is to “Inspire a Vibrant Community” through engaged event programs and connection opportunities. The recreation team believes that an engaged and involved community is the catalyst for success. They are proud to connect with their citizens and create a sense of community through their program offerings and opportunities.


The Cottonwood Recreation Center is multigenerational facility in the heart of Arizona’s wine country. The facility is a host for many large-scale community events such as Toys-For-Tots, Operation Graduation, and our New Year’s Eve Grape Drop (balloon drop).


The 53,000 square-foot facility serves the community in many capacities and is the crowning jewel of the community. The list of amenities their facility offers is plenty but here are a few that are noteworthy:

  • World-class fitness center that features top of the line LifeFitness and Hammer strength training equipment.
  • Full service multi-use gymnasium that contains:
    • Four pickleball courts.
    • A full-sized competitive basketball court.
    • Two smaller competitive basketball courts.
    • Two full-size indoor volleyball courts.
    • A room for plenty of other organized events and activities.
  • 60,000-gallon indoor water park that hosts a large indoor water slide, a lazy river, two lap lanes, zero depth entry, a young children section, an elevated playground and a 4,000-gallon hot tub.
  • Large event hall
    • Three full conference rooms that can be rented as a whole unit or portioned off into three separate units.
    • A full-service catering kitchen.
    • Theatre quality, 4K projection system for meetings and events.
  • Child Care.
  • Game room.
  • Rock wall.
  • Aerobics room.
  • Party rooms.
  • An administrative wing that serves as the office for the Parks and Recreation team.

Fun Facts

  • With Cottonwood’s storied history and close proximity to the once booming mining towns of Clarkdale and Jerome, the facility was modeled after a train station to pay homage to the trains that would transport all the mining materials of the past.
  • When the facility first opened, we featured the tallest completely indoor water slide in the state of Arizona.
  • During the construction of the building the open beams that hold up the gymnasium roof were sent around to all the local schools to allow the students to write their name on the beams and forever be a part of the history of the facility.
Taylor Brown

Taylor Brown is the assistant editor of Community Rec Magazine. She can be reached at taylor@peakemedia.com.

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