Cahill Fitness & Wellness Center

Baltimore, MD

Gymnasium, natatorium, exterior splash area
Performance space, fitness area, dance studio, classroom, support spaces
Outdoor basketball courts, picnic area, nature playground
Sustainable design features
Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks
Programming, Site Analysis, Community Involvement, Sustainable Design, Interior Design, Full Design Services, Building Information Modeling

Over 1,000 acres, Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park is Baltimore’s most extensive park serving a diverse community.


Part of a series of improvements planned for the park, the new Cahill Community Recreation Center will be located on an open field adjacent to the existing facility, the latter slated for demolition. The design of the facility was inspired by its natural setting and is intended to encourage users to engage with nature; from nearly every space within the building there are both views to the exterior and also activities directed toward the exterior. Programs at the facility will encourage kids and adults alike to be active, get outside, learn about, and enjoy nature. The local community and Gwynns Fall/Leakin Park stakeholder groups were engaged throughout the early design stages and were critical in guiding both the programmed spaces as well as the natural form and materiality of the proposed center.