The CRC is your community fitness and recreation facility in the center of beautiful Arkville, NY complete with a 2,000 square foot gym, twenty-five yard lap pool, and year-round events and programming for the whole family. We’re a 501c(3) non-profit and rely on support from our community to thrive and keep the doors open for years to come.
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. The employees of the Catskill Recreation Center take this mission to heart. Their focus is on assisting members and guests in meeting their fitness goals by cultivating a supportive community environment where everyone is given the opportunity to challenge themselves.
The late Kingdon Gould, Jr. (1924-2018), a lifelong sports enthusiast with deep roots in the Catskill Mountains, conceived of and generously funded the Catskill Recreation Center. The CRC opened with a splash on June 6th 2014 with the mission 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 which consists of a 24,000 square foot building that houses a 6-lane 25-yard pool, locker rooms, a fully-equipped fitness room, a meeting room, and a group-exercise/multi-purpose room. The building incorporates many energy-saving and earth-friendly features, including a 214-panel solar array, 25 geothermal wells, pool covers, LED lighting, water-bottle filling station, and recycling bins. The six acres that surround the CRC are available for outdoor recreation uses. In 2018 a sand volleyball court and a steam-cleaning station for boats on the reservoirs were added, and a pedestrian trail was approved in 2019.
The Catskill Recreation Center has become an energetic regional hub where fitness, friendship, and fun go hand-in-hand; where members build skills and conditioning; where community health is improving; where adults and children enjoy swimming year-round, and where annual events are becoming traditions. Whether you participate in the Annual Pumpkin Painting Party, our cycling events (the Catskill Mountain Cycling Challenge or the Cross Mountain Crusher), the rambunctious ping-pong club, sand volleyball, evening bike rides with Phil, the Holiday Party, or just want to come work out, the CRC invites you to join our diverse and friendly community of members and supporters.