The Kingdon Gould Jr. family has deep roots in the Catskill Mountain Region of Delaware County. The Gould Family conceived of the Catskill Recreation Center (CRC) and funded the project, which is located on 651 County Highway 38 in Arkville, New York. The mission of the CRC is to offer year-round swimming, fitness, and recreational opportunities that promote healthy lifestyles for people of all ages from the surrounding communities.
VIP Structures of Syracuse, headed up the construction of the $5 million project consisting of a 20,000-square-foot building that houses a six-lane Olympic-sized pool, a “family pool” and locker rooms. The project also included a separate 4,000-square-foot room that has been turned into an exercise facility with cardio machines, a full set of cybex equipment, free weights, and a squat rack. There is a group exercise room in the back of the building that is used to accommodate other forms of exercise such as spinning on stationary bikes, yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, kick boxing and more.
In addition to the building and its adjacent parking areas, the CRC complex includes six surrounding acres that will be developed into uses for outdoor recreation. The building has been designed to have potential additions made in the future depending on the needs and desires of the community.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the CRC took place in early July 2013 and site preparation commenced several days later. The CRC has been in the planning stages for many years and the Gould family is pleased that the project is open and available for the community to enjoy.
A look Back!
The Catskill Recreation Center — Opening Ceremony & Ribbon Cutting June 7, 2014
More than 200 visitors turned out for the opening event and many enjoyed a dip in the pool following the ceremonies and a tour of the facility. Executive Director Dana Lamsal said that business was brisk as more than 100 community members had signed up for pool memberships within the first two days.
In his comments, Mr. Gould said he hopes that residents and visitors alike will enjoy the CRC and that the facility will serve as an economic catalyst for the region, providing jobs and providing people another reason to invest in the area. Mr. Gould said that building the CRC is a way for his family to give back to the area that has been such an important part of their lives for so many years.
Others offering remarks at the celebration were Ms. Lamsal, Assemblyman Pete Lopez and Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller. All of the speakers expressed their gratitude for the generosity shown by the Gould family.
Town of Hardenburgh Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn was among those who took part in the ribbon cutting. “We, at the Town of Hardenburgh, are humbled by the beneficence and community spirit shown by the Gould family. We applaud their efforts to construct this magnificent recreation center.” Supervisor Fairbairn told the News. “Our community will have a facility to be proud of for generations to come.” In addition to a 25 yard pool for swimming laps, the Catskill Recreation Center (CRC) has a “zero-entry” ramp leading to a section of the pool where swimmers can enjoy general recreation. The CRC also features a 4,000-square-foot section that will house free weights, several types of stationary bikes and other exercise apparatus. It is anticipated that the gym equipment will be set up this week.
Photo by Dick Sanford, Catskill Mountain News
The Catskill Recreation Center — Building Progress
Progress on the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville is moving along on schedule and we have targeted a May opening in date.
We recently hired Dana Lamsal as chief executive officer of the non-profit organization that will operate the indoor swimming pool and recreation facility.
Ms. Lamsal comes to the Arkville center from her position as aquatics director at the Roxbury, MA branch of the YMCA of Greater Boston.
Ms. Lamsal is a graduate of Springfield College where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management in May 2011. Over the past few years she had been engaged in aquatics activities and has certifications as lifeguard, as lifeguard instructor and as YMCA pool operator.
Dana Lamsal, chief executive officer of the Catskill Recreation Center, was welcomed to the Arkville facility at a reception on March 16. From left at the gathering are: Lucci Kelly, CRC board member; Ms. Lamsal, Kingdon Gould Jr., project sponsor; Sid Lamsal, Ms. Lamsal’s husband; Bill Scholl, Furlow Farms manager; and Mike Ryan, project director for VIP Structures.
Project Manager Mike Ryan of VIP Structures offers the following update on the building process as of mid-March:
Construction is progressing as anticipated. The final coat of material lining the Olympic-sized pool will be applied this month and the pool will then immediately be filled with water to begin the curing process.
– Sheetrock work has been completed in the approximately 20,000-square-foot building and painting was started during the week of March 17.
– Windows and doors for the CRC are on order, but will take about another six weeks before they arrive on site.
– Tiling of shower areas is underway and should be finished by early April.
To assist with heating and cooling, 25 geothermal wells will be utilized at the CRC. A bank of solar panels will add to the facility’s “green” power.
Photo at right: ALMOST READY! After one finish coat, the Olympic-sized pool at the Catskill Recreation Center will be filled with 100,000 gallons of water and the curing progress will begin. The pool will have standard swimming lanes. An adjacent section of the pool offers a zero entry amenity for easy access. The pool portion of the project should be finished by the end of March. The facility is scheduled to open in May.
Approximately 4,000 square feet on the southern end of the building has been designated as an area that will house stationary bikes and other exercise equipment. This space can also be utilized for yoga, Pilates and similar workout programs, as community members express their preferences.
With four feet of ground frost and no immediate warm-up in sight we head into the first official days of spring, landscaping the CRC grounds is likely to take well in May for completion.
Along with sidewalks and landscaping, the center will also include playing fields and other areas for outdoor sporting events.