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The CORE: New Recreation Facility Features One-Of-A-Kind Design

Hobbs CORE entrance

Creating a world-class community recreation facility requires more than an ambitious building and new equipment. It starts with a shared vision, strong partnerships, and a commitment to residents.

The Center of Recreational Excellence (CORE) was born out of an unprecedented collaboration in Lea County, NM—bringing together public and private partners to create a 160,000sf, state-of-the-art recreation center that would improve the quality of life for Lea County residents and attract businesses and families to southeastern New Mexico.

D/P/S served as Associate Design Architect, joining forces with Architect-of-Record Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture of Denver.

Hobbs Core
Hobbs Core Sunset Rendering
Hobbs Core Sun Study

What is the CORE? Recreation, Competition, Wellness

"This is truly a one-of-a-kind thing. There is nothing like this anywhere in the United States." Craig Bouck, Principal & CEO, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture
Arms radiate from the core of the facility, creating tall volumes filled with natural light.

When walking through the doors of Hobbs Center of Recreational Excellence, you immediately encounter a two-story lobby leading to a variety of recreation, competition, and health opportunities.

An indoor track wraps around the three-level play structure in the core of the CORE and rises above multi-use indoor courts. While runners enjoy the track, swimmers float along the lazy river and slide down 262-foot and 425-foot water slides that spiral into a splash area.

For those seeking competition, a 25-yard by 25-meter, 10-lane competition pool sits adjacent to the leisure pool.

An indoor soccer field occupies the third wing, and additional spaces throughout the building provide opportunities for fitness, play, relaxation, and socialization. Guests can even participate in therapy sessions in a warm water wellness pool.

Hobbs CORE, Level 2 Floor Plan
A Level 2 Floor Plan of Hobbs CORE illustrates the facility programming.

Design Empowers Community

Inspired by concepts of Energy, Transformation, People, Confluence, and Centripetal-Centrifugal Force, the design of Hobbs CORE is intended to bring people together, motivate health and wellness, and instill pride in Lea County.

A number of goals—from economic impact to wellness, safety, family, and affordability for users—were set early on by the partnership of governments, school boards, and private entities—all working together to bring a state-of-the-art quality of life amenity to Hobbs.

The facility opened to an enthusiastic crowd on June 2, 2018 and promises to excite Lea County and visitors for years and years to come.

Competition Pool
Leisure Pool
Drone Photo

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