The Center for Therapeutic Recreation
The CTR, as a whole, is comprised of the two-story 72,000-square-foot Recreation Building, Camp Dream and an outdoor track and field. The presence of the Center for Therapeutic Recreation also supports a European health spa model, which maintains that a spa must "never be like a hospital. It must be fun!" Recently built amidst the Institute's slightly paint-chipped pillared halls and cottages, the Recreation Building is a contemporary gem that sparkles. Glass-walled, aesthetically invigorating, and, of course, fully accessible, it is a new facility that serves as a conceptual and architectural example for other such centers yet to be erected across America. It is state-of-the-art, filled with shiny fitness and recreational resources, but like its mother Institute, with doors unlocked and personnel in place, it is very quiet. Many more people could be using the building on a daily basis.
The Recreation Building houses a 25-meter pool, with an ingenious transfer wall making pool entry easy for wheelchair users; NCAA regulation basketball court, indoor running track, weight room, locker room, arts and crafts rooms, computer room, and game room. It also provides a six-lane accessible bowling alley equipped with assistive equipment including handle balls, push sticks and bowling ramps. Two racquetball courts, music room, snack bar, aerobics room, activity room with kitchen, and a lobby and lounge area round out the building's facilities. Artistic imported sculptures adorn the courtyard and every entry is completely barrier-free and accessible. Regardless of which indoor floor they are on (whether floor one or two), the building design, in accord with the natural hills, allows all exit doors to open outside at ground level terrain.
Down the path from the Recreation Building is Camp Dream. It includes two cabins which can house a total of 77 campers, a dining hall, pavilion, an outdoor pool, 1 1/2 miles of nature trails and a 12-acre lake for accessible fishing, swimming and boating. Accessible campsites and campfire areas are also available for enjoying the lush green, azalea-laden Georgia countryside and sleeping out under the stars. The outdoor track and field has a six-lane, 440-meter track with eight lanes for the 100-meter dash and also includes a covered pavilion, a nine-hole Roosevelt Memorial Golf Course, a Rotary International Tennis Center, a softball field, bleachers and seven areas for field events and the Basil O'Connor nature trail, which is a wheelchair-accessible paved system of woodland walks.
The recreational complex can accommodate more than 200 individuals with disabilities. In addition, athletic events such as Special Olympics and Wheelchair Sports, U.S.A., attract competitors from throughout Georgia and the southeast. Staffed and supervised by trained professionals, this Center for Therapeutic Recreation is open first to students and patients, then family members and Warm Springs' staff. Additionally, the general population of the town of Warm Springs is offered a paid annual membership to use the Recreation Building at designated times throughout the week. There is also a conference center with a 400-seat auditorium and a 100-seat classroom.