Das Rec: Here’s what’s inside New Braunfels’ $24M recreation center

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Das Rec, the city of New Braunfels’ new 77,000-square-foot recreation center, will open for business July 21.

Stacey Dicke, director of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation, said the opening date will kick off a “no-cost” weekend where the community can try the facility out for free.

Das Rec came to fruition after a 2013 bond package allocated $20 million for parks, recreation and open space improvements. The initiative allocated $16 million for the recreation center, $2.5 million to purchase the property for a sports complex and $1 million for the development of the 16-acre Morningside Park.

New Braunfels ISD kicked in an additional $2.2 million for Das Rec’s 25-yard, eight-lane competition pool, which will provide a home for the district’s swim teams. The New Braunfels 4B Board funded an additional $5.8 million that went toward aquatics and an additional gym. Dicke said as of Tuesday, the project was slightly under budget.

“I’m really proud of the [City] Council and the community for supporting this because this is going to be a legacy for New Braunfels,” Dicke told members of the New Braunfels Downtown Association on Tuesday.

In addition to a 7,300-square-foot cardio/fitness area, group exercise classes and child care during peak hours, an elevated indoor walking track circles Das Rec’s 20,000 square-foot gym, which can be divided into four separate areas to offer expanded recreation opportunities to residents.

The signature feature of the rec center is a water slide that loops outside one corner of the building and leads to a leisure pool with three lap lanes, a resistance channel and a children’s pool area with a spray feature.

Prior to opening, Das Rec will host a black ties and tennis shoes gala July 14 to provide membership scholarships for community members in need. Tickets are available at www.dasrec.com. Visit the website to see a full list of amenities and membership information.

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Rachel Nelson
Rachel Nelson is editor of the New Braunfels edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covers local business, new development, city and county government, health care, education and transportation. Rachel relocated to Central Texas from Amarillo in 2009 and is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
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