By Lauren Serrato | July 1, 2021
The wait is over. A long-anticipated recreation campus will open its doors to the Goodyear community on July 3.
The two-story campus is 48,000 square feet and located at 420 S. Estrella Parkway, south of the I-10, on Estrella Parkway and Harrison Street.
“There’s a lot of excitement, a lot of anticipation within the Goodyear community for this facility, and the opening is perfect, just in time for summer,” says Mike Beadle, Goodyear’s recreation superintendent.
With the built-up excitement about the facility’s opening, more than 2,200 passes were sold in the first month. Because of this and the anticipated memberships, the city is only selling passes to Goodyear residents. Those wishing to purchase a pass will have to provide proof of residency.
The $75 pass covers the entire family for the remainder of 2021.
“It’s honestly a really good deal,” Beadle says. “Whether it’s one or 10 people, the $75 pass covers the rest of 2021, and that one pass gives you and the whole family access to the entire place.”
Daily, monthly, semiannual, annual and 10-punch passes will be available at a later date, pending availability and capacity limits.
Pass holders will have access to the fitness area, group exercise rooms, group exercise classes, walking track, gymnasium, locker rooms and the aquatic center.
Nonresidents still have the opportunity to experience the recreation campus by purchasing a $10 day pass.
Additionally, the teen activity space, lounge area seating with public Wi-Fi and outdoor patio are open and free to the public.
Teenagers can utilize the activity space for socializing, studying or playing with multiple gaming systems, including PlayStations, Xboxes, gaming PCs, VR and a video wall that displays the games in action. The space will provide free access to computers, gaming consoles and a variety of creative programs.
Programs and activities will include live video game streams with Goodyear Stream Team, e-sport tournaments, e-sports leagues, teen council/teen ambassadors and teen nights.
“We have a few schools surrounding us, including Desert Edge, so this is going to be a good place for them to come and have a place to do homework or play video games,” Beadle says. “We have all kinds of fun technologies out here for them, and this space doesn’t require a pass. It’s open to the public.”
Past the front desk, a pass is required to access the first and second floors.
The facility’s first floor has banquet and multipurpose rooms and the multipurpose basketball court. There are six basketball hoops on the court, as well as spaces that can be utilized for other sports.
“We’re going to be using this for a bunch of different things. We’ve got volleyball and basketball and pickleball that can be going in both directions, and we have a big curtain that drops down in the middle so we can have two different activities going at the same time. We wanted to be sure this was a fun open space,” Beadle says.
Referred to as the fitness floor, the second floor is where pass holders can find the indoor track, fitness equipment and the group fitness class studio. All passes include group fitness classes.
Pass holders can reserve a spot in class up to five days in advance by using the Goodyear Recreation app. Day passes also allow access to group fitness classes.
The second floor overlooks the outdoor pool and the White Tank Mountains. Beadle said the views sell itself.
“The track is one of the big features of the building, and it does have some amazing, cool views you can see while you make laps or while you’re working out,” Beadle says.
During the Arizona summer, Beadle said the outdoor aquatic center is likely the facility’s most anticipated area.
Equipped with two 27-foot slides, a lazy river, splash pad, a play pool and a competition pool, the aquatic center is perfect for families looking to beat the summer heat.
“The slides are going to be a huge attraction,” Beadle says. “We actually have timers on them so kids can race down the slides and see how fast they go down.”
Outdoor food and drink are allowed in designated areas at the aquatic center, including the cabanas.
Throughout the recreation center are multiple areas that are available to rent, including the 3,000-square-foot multipurpose room, competition pool, pool ramadas and half court of the gymnasium.
Outdoor rentals include the picnic ramadas; multiuse fields; baseball and softball fields; and the courts that can be utilized for tennis, pickleball and basketball.
The 30-acre community parks are open daily to the public from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The recreation center is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays to Fridays; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
“We’re all really excited about this facility and can’t wait for residents to experience it,” Beadle says.
For more information about the Goodyear recreation campus, visit goodyearaz.gov.