Recreation & wellness architecture

Work hard, play hard

The power of play

Healthy, happy, and active communities revolve around equitable access to physical activity and social connectivity. From vibrant parks and scenic trails to sport courts, aquatic centers, and wellness facilities, JLG is setting the benchmark for safe, inclusive, and inviting destinations.

Diverse communities and evolving interests put your team at the center of challenges to foresee livability, cultural connection, and future growth. JLG works with local leaders to leverage the power of play, exploring solutions that unite community for the greater good of fun and fitness. JLG works hard so your community can play harder – bringing regional and national expertise to grow healthier, happier communities.

Empowering Community

Access to recreation and wellness has a far-reaching impact on community health, which is why we strive to meet your residents where they are. We get to know the voices that empower your community and those who haven’t been heard, identifying collective needs while gauging individual interest that drives dynamic design. Through community engagement workshops, town halls, feasibility studies, master planning, and phased design concepts, we address economic sustainability, city growth, equitable access, future facility maintenance, and holistic well-being.

Areas of expertise

Pools and playgrounds for all types of competitive and intramural play.

View Aquatics Portfolio

Places for football, baseball, soccer, track, and other grass sports.

View Turf Portfolio

Tournament and community facilities for figure skating, hockey, curling, and cardio.

View Ice Arena Portfolio

Spaces for all ages, including senior centers, art rooms, community kitchens, and more.

View Community Center Portfolio

Basketball, pickleball, volleyball, and racquetball.

View Court Sports Portfolio

Spaces for improving sports performance and wellbeing.

View Sports Performance Portfolio

Competition and training facilities for gymnastics programs.

View Gymnastics Portfolio

Tom Betti
Principal, Rec Studio

Reactivating recreation

JLG has the energy and expertise to reactivate small towns and booming cities with vibrant space for wellness and recreation. See how we build better communities with pride, passion, and play.

The latest in rec architecture

Community interests are in constant motion. We’ll help you stay up to date on the latest recreation and wellness trends, including emerging ideas to keep your community healthy and happy.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – May 23, 2024 – JLG Architects is excited to continue growth of its award-winning Sports Studio, welcoming Licensed Architect (CA) Jason Marshall…
FARGO, ND – May 24, 2024 – On Wednesday, May 29, 2024, Fargo Parks Sports Center at the Sanford Sports Complex will celebrate its Grand…
With a shared vision of increasing year-round access to wellness opportunities in the community and surrounding region, Sanford Heath and the Fargo Parks District have…
A perimeter safety fence has already been installed, materials are arriving in the coming weeks, and topsoil removal began earlier this week. Read more.
On April 22, 2024, the Village of New Lenox, Il, celebrated the groundbreaking of the New Lenox Crossroads Sports Complex, a $70 million, 29-field complex…
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – March 26, 2024 – JLG Architects has announced three strategic moves to expand the footprint of its national Sports Studio. A new…
WATERTOWN, SD – March 1, 2024 – Designed by JLG Architects, Watertown, SD’s new $36.5 million Prairie Lakes Ice Arena opened its doors on February 23,…

Design for Life

We’re bringing communities together by design, creating social space that inspires recreation and empowers wellness. This is communal architecture that invites everyone to common ground, bridging problems with solutions for the development of healthier environments. By creating space for well-being, physical activity, and play, you build a strong foundation for a vibrant future and livable city, ready for sustainable growth. With JLG’s Design for Life approach, any environment can be elevated, transformed into active space that plays a vital role in the health and well-being of your community.

Aquatics for Everyone

More people are putting health and wellness front and center, whether it’s by incorporating more nutritious meals or finding new ways to exercise. As the will to get healthy and stay fit continues to grow, so has the appeal of natatoriums to reap all the benefits—both physical and mental—of working out and relaxing in the water. Everything from low-intensity and high-intensity exercise to competitive-style events is being offered.

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