Currents Center for Recreation and Creativity

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Ways to engage:

In-person Open House June 17

Virtual Open House June 18 - July 1!


Our community hub supporting social, emotional, and physical health.

The Vision

  • A flexible, multi-use space to support healthy lifestyles in an atmosphere that is equitable, multigenerational, and inclusive.
  • Space for inclusive recreational and social programs for all ages, income, and ability levels.
  • Connecting people of all backgrounds, offering diverse program and recreation opportunities, and growing a stronger, more equitable community.
  • A safe, year-round environment.

The Need

For decades, Missoulians have identified the need for expanded indoor recreation space to provide more opportunities to lead a healthy lifestyle and come together as a community. The Missoula Community Center will expand on Currents Aquatics Center in McCormick Park to create a one-stop destination and is part of the McCormick Park Master Plan adopted by the City in 2003. Centrally located downtown and along the Riverfront Trail System, the community center will be accessible, inclusive and inviting.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Cultural and Community Events
  • Team and Lifetime Sports

Take the Quick Poll at right to let us know how you would use the Currents Center!

The Master Plan

The Master Plan for the Currents Center for Recreation and Creativity represents the community’s vision for the project and sets a course for future development. A comprehensive master plan allows the City to seek funding for project development via public and private partnerships, state and federal grants, developer impact fees, and the City budget.

The City of Missoula, in cooperation with community members, is undertaking a public process to complete the master plan for the Center.

Currents Aquatics Center, the first phase of the community center, opened in 2006. Designed to extend to the north of the Currents Aquatics Center, the community center's second phase will offer additional recreational facilities. More on the history and scope of the Center is available at missoulacommunitycenter.org.

Missoula Parks and Recreation, with the support of the Friends of Missoula Community Center (a citizen advocacy group), has continued efforts toward this important community goal as identified in 2000. A public process to advance the community center design with extensive public input has been developed.

Planning Process Product/Outcome

The final product of the planning process is a conceptual master plan prepared by the design consultant. The master plan will generally show the type, size, location, and spatial relationships of interior spaces, including essential amenities. Additional considerations will include support facilities, circulation throughout, and connections to the site. The plan will also include a report detailing implementation strategies to realize the adopted vision.

2021 Planning Process Timeline

The timeline for the planning process will continue to evolve as the planning process moves forward. Opportunities for public comment are in bold. Use the "Stay Informed" button at right for updates.

March – mid-June: Working Group Meetings 1 and 2

  • Prepare for public process and engagement.
  • Design Consultant Agreement executed.
  • Working group selected and begins meeting.
  • Stakeholder outreach, surveys, open house, and focus group meetings (Late-April through May).

Late June – mid-August

  • Design Consultant prepares draft plan based on input from the public, the Working Group and Technical Group.

September – November: Working Group Meetings 3 and 4

  • Working Group reviews the draft plan, including strategies for realizing the project.
  • Design Consultant finalizes proposed design and projected costs.
  • Host public open house(s) to review the final draft schematic design or master plan.
  • Design Consultant, Working Group, and Steering Committee present the final plan and cost/phasing report to Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, City Council and additional committees or boards as needed.

Ways to engage:

In-person Open House June 17

Virtual Open House June 18 - July 1!


Our community hub supporting social, emotional, and physical health.

The Vision

  • A flexible, multi-use space to support healthy lifestyles in an atmosphere that is equitable, multigenerational, and inclusive.
  • Space for inclusive recreational and social programs for all ages, income, and ability levels.
  • Connecting people of all backgrounds, offering diverse program and recreation opportunities, and growing a stronger, more equitable community.
  • A safe, year-round environment.

The Need

For decades, Missoulians have identified the need for expanded indoor recreation space to provide more opportunities to lead a healthy lifestyle and come together as a community. The Missoula Community Center will expand on Currents Aquatics Center in McCormick Park to create a one-stop destination and is part of the McCormick Park Master Plan adopted by the City in 2003. Centrally located downtown and along the Riverfront Trail System, the community center will be accessible, inclusive and inviting.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Cultural and Community Events
  • Team and Lifetime Sports

Take the Quick Poll at right to let us know how you would use the Currents Center!

The Master Plan

The Master Plan for the Currents Center for Recreation and Creativity represents the community’s vision for the project and sets a course for future development. A comprehensive master plan allows the City to seek funding for project development via public and private partnerships, state and federal grants, developer impact fees, and the City budget.

The City of Missoula, in cooperation with community members, is undertaking a public process to complete the master plan for the Center.

Currents Aquatics Center, the first phase of the community center, opened in 2006. Designed to extend to the north of the Currents Aquatics Center, the community center's second phase will offer additional recreational facilities. More on the history and scope of the Center is available at missoulacommunitycenter.org.

Missoula Parks and Recreation, with the support of the Friends of Missoula Community Center (a citizen advocacy group), has continued efforts toward this important community goal as identified in 2000. A public process to advance the community center design with extensive public input has been developed.

Planning Process Product/Outcome

The final product of the planning process is a conceptual master plan prepared by the design consultant. The master plan will generally show the type, size, location, and spatial relationships of interior spaces, including essential amenities. Additional considerations will include support facilities, circulation throughout, and connections to the site. The plan will also include a report detailing implementation strategies to realize the adopted vision.

2021 Planning Process Timeline

The timeline for the planning process will continue to evolve as the planning process moves forward. Opportunities for public comment are in bold. Use the "Stay Informed" button at right for updates.

March – mid-June: Working Group Meetings 1 and 2

  • Prepare for public process and engagement.
  • Design Consultant Agreement executed.
  • Working group selected and begins meeting.
  • Stakeholder outreach, surveys, open house, and focus group meetings (Late-April through May).

Late June – mid-August

  • Design Consultant prepares draft plan based on input from the public, the Working Group and Technical Group.

September – November: Working Group Meetings 3 and 4

  • Working Group reviews the draft plan, including strategies for realizing the project.
  • Design Consultant finalizes proposed design and projected costs.
  • Host public open house(s) to review the final draft schematic design or master plan.
  • Design Consultant, Working Group, and Steering Committee present the final plan and cost/phasing report to Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, City Council and additional committees or boards as needed.