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About the Bob Crane Community Center

COUNTDOWN TO OPENING DAY: SPRING 2025!

The Bob Crane Community Center is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2025. Watch for updates on the anticipated timeline as opening day approaches.

Fast Facts

Location:3200 Tremont Road (Tremont & Ridgecliff roads)
Located within the Kingsdale Mixed-use Project
Size:165,446 square feet
Floors:5 (plus Mezzanine)
Facilities:Indoor pool, event center, café, locker rooms, indoor playground, fitness/exercise spaces, three gymnasiums (1 multi-purpose), child watch, e-sports room, walking/running track, program classrooms, meeting/multi-purpose rooms, outdoor terrace and patio, senior lounge, art gallery

The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) will be leasing 33,400 square feet of space on the second and third floors for an initial period of 15 years. This space will house physical therapy, cancer survivorship, and integrative medicine services.
Going Solar:The rooftop of the Bob Crane Community will be fitted with solar panels that are projected to result in power savings of more than $50,000 per year, the equivalent of taking the City’s entire fleet off the streets of UA each year.
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Cost Summary

    DetailAmount
    Bonds$62.05M
    Existing City Cash$14M
    Private Funding$8M
    State Grant$.45M
    TOTAL$85M

    Two bond issuances are helping to fund this project:

    • Income tax revenue bonds not to exceed $55 million, as authorized by Ordinance 2-2021). These bonds will be repaid through various sources, including Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds and current and generated revenue sources from the new development.
    • A second bond issuance of $13 million to finance the leasable space reserved for OSUWMC.

     

    Community Center Capital Campaign

    The Upper Arlington Community Foundation formed a Community Center Capital Campaign that was successful in reaching its goal of $8 million in private donations. A lead donation of $2 million by LoAnn Crane (now deceased) was in honor of her late husband, Robert Crane, and the genesis of the Bob Crane Community Center name. Click here for more on the Foundation’s Capital Campaign.

     

    OSU Wexner Medical Center Lease Financials

    The 15-year lease by OSUWMC will generate more than $1 million annually in lease payments. It is also expected to generate more than $175,000 in annual income tax revenues from their employees who will be working at the facility.

    Community Center Hours

    Upon its opening in the Spring of 2025, the Bob Crane Community Center hours of operation will be as follows:

    DaysHours
    Monday-Friday5:30 am-10 pm
    Saturday & Sunday8 am-8 pm
    HolidaysOpen regular or reduced hours most holidays (closed major holidays)

    Child Watch Hours

    DaysHours
    Monday-Friday8 am-1 pm
    4-8 pm
    Saturday8 am-Noon
    SundayCLOSED

    E-Sports Hours

    DaysHours
    Monday-Friday3:30-8 pm
    Saturday & Sunday10:30 am-4:30 pm

    Primary access to the Bob Crane Community Center will be on the north side of the building on Ridgecliff Road. A second entrance will be located on the south side of the building for membership passholders.

     

    Parking

    The Kingsdale Mixed-Use Project area surrounding the Bob Crane Community Center will provide more than 900 parking spaces, significantly exceeding parking standards for a development project of this size and providing a welcome buffer during peak usage.

    Here’s a breakdown of what will be available:

    • 586 parking spaces within the adjacent apartment building. This includes:
      • 37 limited mobility spaces
      • 12 ADA spaces
    • 17 spaces in the courtyard between The Coventry Senior Living building and the Community Center. This includes:
      • 6 ADA spaces
    • 31 parallel spaces surrounding the Community Center. This includes:
      • 9 limited mobility spaces
    • 310 parking spaces in the new parking deck to the southeast of the Community Center. This includes:
      • 8 ADA spaces

     

    Bicycle Racks

    36 racks that can accommodate up to 72 bicycles will be available along Tremont Road and south of the Community Center with easy access to either the Main Entry or the Members Entry. 

     

    Public Transportation

    The Community Center is located close to the following bus routes:

    • Route 3 – line to and from Downtown Columbus that includes Northwest Boulevard
    • Route 32 – East to West line that includes Fishinger Road and E. North Broadway
    • Route 75 – Downtown Columbus and Northwest Columbus service route that includes Tremont Road and Fishinger Road

    Useful Links:

    Building Overview

    community center exterior

    Ages:  
    10 years & up
    9 years & under, must be directly supervised by a responsible individual

    Building Highlights:

    • Amenities Open to All Visitors – The Level 1 lobby area includes open seating and tables, a café and an indoor play area that can all be enjoyed by non-members.
    • Access to most of the facility requires a monthly membership, a day pass and/or registered participation in a program or class.
    • Access to all levels of the Community Center is provided through two centrally located elevators as well as a central stairwell.
    • Every level of the Community Center includes restroom facilities.
    • Locker rooms and showers are located adjacent to the pool area on Level 1.

    Ages:
    10 years & up
    9 years & under, must be directly supervised by a responsible individual

    The indoor pool on Level 1 is comprised of one body of water that serves several functions. The pool features:

    • 4 lap lanes
    • Open swim area
    • Zero-depth entry
    • Splash Zone – with water play features.
    • Pool slide – with timing element.
    • In-pool seating bench
    • Direct access to the pool from the locker rooms.

    The Event Center features:

    • 1 large Event Space – that can accommodate up to 250 guests (banquet style).
    • This space can be split into three smaller meeting spaces that can each accommodate 42-56 people each seated classroom style, or 69-94 seated in rows for a lecture or presentation.
    • Skyline Balcony – south facing outdoor patio.
    • Catering Kitchen – equipped to support food service for events.
    • Green Room – for use as a dressing room/pre-event space, and as a quiet space during regular operating hours.
    • Audio-visual equipment
    • The Gallery – featuring art exhibits showcasing regional artists. This gathering space can extend the area available for events or be used for remote work and lounge space.
    • Natural light – with motorized shades.
    • Service Elevator – for food delivery, separate from guest entrance/access.

    Event Center Early Bird Special

    The Bob Crane Community Center Event Center will be available for rentals starting in the summer of 2025. As an incentive for any individuals or groups looking to secure an event space next year, we will be offering a 25% discount on rental fees for renting the entire Event Center (three combined rooms), if your booking is secured by December 31, 2024. Use the Contact Us form below or call 614-583-5300 to learn more.

    Click here for Event Center rental details.

    Ages:
    16 years & up
    12-15 years, must be directly supervised by a parent or guardian, OR after passing the Junior Fitness Orientation Program

     

    The Community Center features several fitness and exercise space options:

    • Level 1 – the main fitness area in the building features a variety of cardio equipment including treadmills, ellipticals, steppers and bikes, a full circuit of selectorize weight equipment, and a free weights area that includes, benches, racks, and machines to provide a full body workout.
    • Mezzanine Exercise Floor – overlooking the Level 1 exercise area, this space features additional cardio machines, selectorize equipment, and a stretching area in a more private setting.
    • Mezzanine Level Group Exercise Rooms
      • Group Exercise A – has a hardwood exercise floor with mirrors and wall mounted bars. This space will be suitable for dance programs as well as other group exercise formats.
        Group Exercise B – has a durable rubberized floor and features a variety of weights, bands, balls and other fitness equipment.

    • Level 3 Functional Fitness – This artificial-turfed area is a mix of open space and fitness equipment that allows for exercises that support and mimic everyday life activities including bending, pulling, pushing, squatting, reaching, twisting, and lunging. Equipment includes pulleys, ropes, plyometric boxes, kettlebells, air bikes, stepmills, and other equipment that promotes functional strength.
    • Level 5 Exercise Stations – located In the corners of the track, these areas feature ample space for stretching and include TRX, weighted balls, resistance bands and adjustable pulleys machines to supplement your cardio workout. The area also includes rowers and air bikes.

    Ages:
    10 years & up
    9 years & under, must be directly supervised by a responsible individual

     

    The Community Center features three full-size gymnasiums:

    • Level 3 Auxiliary “MAC” Gym – this gymnasium features rubberized flooring and is suitable for multiple uses. The floor is lined for basketball, volleyball and pickleball. The rubberized flooring provides a gym that can be used for a variety of sports including baseball, softball, lacrosse and soccer, and also to host events. Two batting cages drop from the ceiling.
    • Level 4 Main Gymnasium spacetwo full hard wood courts with impressive views to the south. The floor is lined for basketball, volleyball and pickleball. The elevated walking track extends above the gym floor.

    Ages:
    13 years & up
    8-12 years, must be directly supervised by a parent or guardian

     

    The Level 5 Track overlooks the Gymnasiums on Level 4, and features three lanes for walking and running, with 12 laps the equivalent of  one mile distance. This area also includes a stretching area and fitness/exercise stations.

    1918 Lounge – Level 2

    Ages:   60 years & up

    The 1918 Lounge on Level 2 is named in recognition of the year Upper Arlington was established. This lounge provides a communal gathering space for older adults. The Lounge offers gathering spaces, coffee bar, fireplace, books, puzzles, tables for activities, and opens onto a large, multi-purpose outdoor deck. The 1918 Lounge has easy access to:

    • Restrooms
    • Arts classroom/studio
    • Program Rooms
    • UA Parks & Rec Administration

     

    The Deck – Level 2

    A large, multi-purpose outdoor deck overlooks Tremont and Ridgecliff roads to the west/north. This attractive gathering space features seating, plants, umbrellas, a fire pit, and an outdoor exercise area.

     

    Level 4 Lounge

    Located in between E-Sports, the Main Gym and The Game Space, this space is ideal for those looking for a casual space to hang out before and after play.

     

    Skyline BalconyLevel 5

    Adjacent to the Event Center, the Skyline Balcony offers impressive views to the south, from 172 feet above ground.

     

    The Gallery – Level 5

    This spacious indoor area is ideal for remote working, networking and catching up with friends. The Gallery offers sofa seating and hightop tables, and provides a great space to extend the Event Center, connecting to the Skyline Balcony.

    Employment Opportunities

    UA Parks & Rec will offer various part-time positions at the Bob Crane Community Center, and we hope you will consider becoming part of our team.

    Positions will include:

    • Front Desk Operations
    • Child Watch
    • Pool
    • Fitness
    • E-Sports
    • Operations
    • Rental Services

    Details of these positions and the application process will be available starting in the Fall of 2024.

    Click here for more on Employment opportunities with the City of Upper Arlington.

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    3600 Tremont Rd, Upper Arlington OH 43221

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