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City of Columbus

Driving Park Community Center and Pool Improvements

Project Description

This project involves a complete renovation and addition to the existing Driving Park Recreation Center as well as a new 8,500 sq. ft. outdoor pool.  The existing site had a small bunker style recreation center, connected via a walking path to a second park where an existing pool had been closed since 2008. Moody Nolan conducted a feasibility study and determined that combining the building and the pool on the recreation center site allowed for greater savings for cost efficiency, allowing pool locker rooms to be used during winter basketball events, as well as savings on utilities, staffing and parking.  The project adds 19,000 sq. ft. of new space, with a new high school regulation gymnasium with spectator seating, fitness spaces, offices, day-lit entrance, activity rooms and pool support spaces with much more openness and natural light.  The existing undersized gym was renovated into a new dance room and meeting room plus storage.

Project Stats


Columbus, OH

Year Completed


Square Footage

19,000 Addition, 13,500 Renovation

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Design Features

Key challenges included getting buy-in from the community through public meetings. A second major challenge was changing the mind set of maintenance staff that insisted on simplicity, durability and closed prison-like boxes, to provide an efficient, open and inviting building that creates a sense of activity and excitement while maintaining durability and ease of maintenance.