Mammoth Lakes Community Recreation Center (CRC)



The Town of Mammoth Lakes is planning to construct and operate a year-round Community Recreation Center at Mammoth Creek Park West. Groundbreaking is scheduled in the spring of 2021 pending award by Town Council, with a tentative ribbon cutting planned for summer 2022.

The Community Recreation Center (CRC) or Multi-use Facility will be a fabric tensile structure (commonly called Sprung) enclosing an Olympic size ice rink that will operate in the winter and in the summer, durable sport tiles will cover the rink area creating a 20,000 sq. foot Mammoth RecZone. Combined with community driven and professionally branded programming, the year-round recreation center will be the recreation destination that the entire community of Mammoth Lakes will be proud to call their park.

Recreation Commission 

The Recreation Commission is the Town Council’s designated advisory body for this project and have been actively engaged with the community during the past five years to assess the programming needs for the facility. The Recreation Commission continues to align the stated programming with the following goals for the Community Recreation Center at Mammoth Creek Park:

  •  To enhance the quality of life for residents of Mammoth Lakes.
  • To provide complementary multi-purpose, year-round, indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities accessible to all residents and visitors.
  • To create a venue that encourages and facilitates community social interaction.
  • To provide a ‘recreation destination’ that the entire community of Mammoth Lakes will actively enjoy, value and ultimately be proud to call ‘Our Park.’
  • To provide enhanced and innovative program offerings that promote ‘healthy and active’ lifestyles for all ages.
  • To continue to allow for the passive enjoyment of the park that includes walking paths, open space and access to Mammoth Creek Park.

The guiding principle builds from the “A Town within a Park” concept that will deliver local residents and visitors high-quality complementary recreation facilities at Mammoth Creek Park. The proposed improvements will complement the National Demonstration Site inclusive playground, existing play areas and parking lot leading to an enhanced quality of life.


On November 5, 2019, Town Council affirmed their commitment of the Community Recreation Center by voting to approve the complete $13 million funding package. The majority of funding (86%) for the construction of the facility is derived from Measure R and Measure U special use taxes with only 8 percent of general fund monies allocated to the project. These two voter approved, special use taxes are specifically restricted for the purposes of recreation, trails parks and arts and culture and are not available for other Town Strategic Priorities.

Proposed Schedule 

August 21, 2020Public bid posting
October 16, 2020Public bid closes
TBDTown Council Bid Award/Action
Post Bid AwardAcquire Sprung structure, Chiller, DasherBoards, Scoreboard, etc.
Spring, 2021Groundbreaking
Spring/Summer, 2022Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Facility Design 

The Community Recreation Center will be a 40,300 square foot Sprung Structure located behind the new National Demonstration Site inclusive playground on the southwest corner of the Mammoth Creek Park site. The approximate 56-foot tall and 130-foot wide facility will provide year-round programming for the community and our thousands of visitors. 

Click here to view the full HMC booklet presented to Town Council in September 2019.

Sprung Structures

For four generations, Sprung has designed world-class fabric membrane building solutions that consistently outperform other building alternatives. Sprung structures are engineered to lower overall project costs, reduce operating and energy expenses, while minimizing ongoing maintenance costs. In addition, Sprung uses recycled content wherever possible, engage in responsible construction waste management practices, and the robust tension system is built to endure extreme conditions, such as a Mammoth Lakes winter! 

The life expectancy of a Sprung structure is designed to last for 65 years, which should be considered permanent for this type of facility. Built with an up to 25-year guaranteed performance architectural membrane and an up to 50-year guaranteed performance non-corroding aluminum substructure, Sprung structures are known for their exceptional durability and proven long-term performance.

Aerial View - MCP

Floor Plan

The facility is being bid with only ground floor amenities. Pending available funding, the facility has the ability to expand to contain a mezzanine, built in viewing bleachers, elevated walkways with ADA access for enhanced viewing and community use. 

The first floor contains a 20,000 square foot, Olympic-sized ice rink that converts in summer to a gymnasium with 3 full-size basketball/volleyball/futsal courts or a full-size Arena Soccer court, along with a variety of other recreational/community configurations. In addition, the facility encompasses a 2,157 square foot multi-purpose room with public restrooms. 

Support amenities include concessions, rentals, office and storage space. Large locker rooms with showers and toilets are strategically located adjacent to the rink on the north side to maximize space and views of the rink. The second floor (future phase) can be designed to incorporate a 2,500 square foot community room with support kitchen, a storage mezzanine and a viewing deck. A redesigned parking lot with space for 120 vehicles has also been designed pending funding. 

Floor Plan

Winter Programming

The ice rink will operate during the winter months from approximately November to April. The Olympic-size ice rink (100’x200’) will be fully enclosed allowing for a reliable and enjoyable skating experience with the ability to experience the stunning views of the Sherwins through glazed windows and roll-up doors. 

Daily drop-in or frequently programmed activities at the ice rink include public skating, youth/adult hockey, figure skating and curling. The ice rink will be programmed weekly for curling leagues and learn to skate or play hockey sessions, with special monthly programs such as free skate nights, local and regional hockey/curling tournaments, birthday parties and professionally hosted hockey development camps.

Summer Programming 

In the summer months, the facility will be the hub for the expanding Parks and Recreation Department summer camps and programs. 

Operating as the RecZone, a venue designed to be fully programmable and truly multi-use, the 20,000 sq. ft. area provides ample space for a multitude of court sports, along with the ability to host over 2,000 people at community events. With durable, sports tiles offering excellent traction, ball response and shock absorption, the RecZone will be fully programmed all summer for drop-in, league play, and tournaments. Recreation activities include sports such as basketball, arena soccer, futsal, pickleball, badminton, volleyball, dodgeball, and our expanding Mammoth Aces junior tennis program. The facility will also accommodate adaptive sports such as wheelchair basketball, pickleball, tennis and roller hockey. 

The Community Recreation Center will provide affordable, supervised activities for older children who currently lack these options, such as middle school-aged kids, through summer and drop-in programming. In addition, the ground-floor 2,000 square foot multi-purpose room will provide much needed programming space for recreation programs such as gymnastics, arts and crafts programs, table tennis, enrichment programs and community events and activities.