Park de la Cruz is a 7-acre neighborhood park in City Heights. Platt/Whitelaw Architects designed the renovation and adaptive reuse of the decaying former Copley YMCA building and gymnasium and turned it into a beautiful community recreation center and gymnasium. The intention of the City of San Diego was to use the building as a new Therapeutic Recreation Services (TRS) facility.
The overall concept for the 24,000-square-foot renovation was for a community activity center. These functions that had been housed in various locations throughout the city are finally housed under one roof. The concept is carried out by using a hexagon (hive) motif throughout and bringing in bright colors to facilitate movement and engagement.
Designed for the community and TRS members, this Therapeutic Recreation Services building has accommodations for wheelchair basketball, exercise rooms, a full-service kitchen, and a calendar full of special events and activities. Accessibility upgrades were a specific priority for the entire project. Beyond ADA and code requirements, the entire building was carefully rehabilitated for clients to be able to easily access and use all the facilities. San Diego is now one of only a few cities nationwide that has a facility dedicated to TRS specifically and is able to offer services and activities for those with disabilities and special needs within the community, along with helping veterans and seniors throughout San Diego County. This project enhances and encourages recreation and provides much needed services to the mid-city community of San Diego.