Southern Area Aquatics & Recreation Complex

Project Background/Description 

The Southern Area Aquatics and Recreation Complex (SAARC) is the first Multi-Generational Community Recreational Center in Prince George’s County. The 75,000 square-foot project includes a natatorium that includes a lap pool, leisure pool and spa, a double gymnasium, a fitness center, an elevated running track, and flexible programmable space. It is being constructed on property owned by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) – Brandywine Area Park – located just north of the intersection of Missouri Avenue and Brandywine Road. Future phases of parkland development may include additional site amenities, an expansion of the natatorium, and additional recreation space to accommodate performing arts and ceramic arts.

Status/Project Updates

The construction of SAARC is complete and the center is now open to the public! Check out the photos from the opening ceremony held February 29, 2020.

A summary of project milestones is as follows:

  • March 2016 – Design-Build Contract Awarded
  • November 2016 – Groundbreaking Ceremony
  • February 2017 – Construction Start
  • November 2019 – Construction Complete
  • February 29, 2020 – Opening Ceremony