Currents Center for Recreation and Creativity

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WAYS TO ENGAGE

View the draft conceptual design!

Thank you for your feedback and input on the draft conceptual design. To view the results of the public opinion survey and the most up-to-date conceptual designs, please click here.

To review background information and how the project got to this point, please click here.

This site will continue to be updated until December 1. If you would like to receive project updates, please sign up at the REGISTER link at the right.











A community hub supporting social, emotional, and physical health

The Vision

  • A flexible, multi-use space to support healthy lifestyles in an equitable, multigenerational, and inclusive atmosphere.

  • 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.

Guiding Principles

  • We value Missoula as a diverse community and the Community Center should reflect that diversity.
  • We believe in a Missoula Community Center that is welcoming to all generations, ethnicities, cultures, races, genders, and sexual identities.
  • We believe the Community Center should be accessible to people of all abilities.
  • We believe the Community Center must be affordable to all in terms of building the Center, maintaining the Center, and using the Center.
  • We believe in a Community Center where users and visitors will see and experience intentional design related to the arts, culture, creativity, recreation, and social gathering.
  • We believe the Community Center should be an aesthetic that combines organic materials, acoustic sensitivity, and efficient use of space that is welcoming.
  • We believe the Missoula Community Center should appear modest rather than opulent. Missoula is a working community and the Center should create a welcome feeling.
  • We believe the Community Center should be enduring rather than trendy. The design needs to be adaptable – something that can be reworked over the coming decades.
  • We believe that fixed structures that restrict the use or accessibility of space diminish opportunities for multiple uses.
  • We believe the Community Center should be respectful of existing community services and amenities and integrate with them.
  • We believe in a Community Center that respects the planet and models climate change awareness and sustainability.

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

View the draft conceptual design!

Thank you for your feedback and input on the draft conceptual design. To view the results of the public opinion survey and the most up-to-date conceptual designs, please click here.

To review background information and how the project got to this point, please click here.

This site will continue to be updated until December 1. If you would like to receive project updates, please sign up at the REGISTER link at the right.











A community hub supporting social, emotional, and physical health

The Vision

  • A flexible, multi-use space to support healthy lifestyles in an equitable, multigenerational, and inclusive atmosphere.

  • 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.

Guiding Principles

  • We value Missoula as a diverse community and the Community Center should reflect that diversity.
  • We believe in a Missoula Community Center that is welcoming to all generations, ethnicities, cultures, races, genders, and sexual identities.
  • We believe the Community Center should be accessible to people of all abilities.
  • We believe the Community Center must be affordable to all in terms of building the Center, maintaining the Center, and using the Center.
  • We believe in a Community Center where users and visitors will see and experience intentional design related to the arts, culture, creativity, recreation, and social gathering.
  • We believe the Community Center should be an aesthetic that combines organic materials, acoustic sensitivity, and efficient use of space that is welcoming.
  • We believe the Missoula Community Center should appear modest rather than opulent. Missoula is a working community and the Center should create a welcome feeling.
  • We believe the Community Center should be enduring rather than trendy. The design needs to be adaptable – something that can be reworked over the coming decades.
  • We believe that fixed structures that restrict the use or accessibility of space diminish opportunities for multiple uses.
  • We believe the Community Center should be respectful of existing community services and amenities and integrate with them.
  • We believe in a Community Center that respects the planet and models climate change awareness and sustainability.

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.
  • Residents invited to apply for community center working group

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    Parks and Recreation Public Service Announcement

    Missoula Parks and Recreation invites residents to apply for a working group to develop a master plan for a new community center in McCormick Park. The proposed Currents Center for Recreation and Creativity would be constructed as an addition to Currents Aquatics Center and would host recreational and social programs for all ages, income and ability levels.

    Residents are encouraged to apply for the working group or learn more about the project at www.engagemissoula.com; the working group application deadline is March 29.

    For decades, Missoulians have identified the need for indoor recreation space to provide opportunities to lead a healthy lifestyle and come together as a community regardless of the season. The McCormick Park Master Plan, adopted by the City in 2003, included a community center in Phase 2 of park development.

    The Master Plan for the Currents Center will represent the community’s vision for the project and set a course for future development as funding becomes available. A comprehensive master plan also allows the City to seek funding for the project via public and private partnerships, state and federal grants, developer impact fees and the City budget.

    The Currents Center Working Group will meet approximately four times between April and December of this year and collaborate with residents, stakeholders, the selected design consulting firm and the project’s Technical Group and Steering Team to develop the conceptual master plan.

    Residents will have ample opportunity to participate in the planning process, including an on-going public opinion survey at engagemissoula.com. A series of public open houses are planned for later this spring and next fall to discuss the master plan and solicit comment. When the draft conceptual master plan is completed later this year, Parks and Recreation will present it at several public meetings with opportunities for comment.

    Learn more about the project and apply for the Working Group at www.engagemissoula.com. The Engage Missoula site also features a public opinion survey, a place to ask questions about the project, and a link to sign up for project updates. Call 721-PARK (7275) for more information.

  • KECI: Missoula aims to bring community center to McCormick Park

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    By Madison Doner

    MISSOULA, Mont. — Missoula Parks and Recreation is hoping to bring its vision for a community center at McCormick Park into reality.

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  • Missoula Current: Missoula council approves design contract for community center

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    By Martin Kidston

    Saying it needed a plan before taking the next step, members of the Missoula City Council this week approved a $120,000 contract with a local architect to design a proposed community center in McCormick Park. Read on...

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    By David Erickson

    The City of Missoula has taken a big step toward possibly creating a year-round, affordable, public indoor community center in McCormick Park.

    On Wednesday, the Missoula City Council's parks and conservation committee approved spending $119,888 to hire MMW Architects for design services for a community center in McCormick Park. The money comes from impact fees. Read on...

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