Even before its opening in June of 2022, the Northern Regional Recreation Center drew excitement and anticipation from the Northern Mecklenburg community. The $44 million facility showed a recognition of the need for a state-of-the-art fitness and community center in the area. Now 2 years since it opened its doors to the public, 'North Meck Rec' has established its place as one of the most popular and in-demand facilities in Lake Norman. Here are the things you need to know before visiting.

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Admission and Rates

Monthly Memberships County Rates Non-County Rates
Youth (ages 1-17) $22 $30
Adult (ages 18-54) $45 $55
Active Military $35 $35
Senior (ages 55+) $22 $30
Family $65 $85


Daily Admission Prices County Rates Non-County Rates
Youth (ages 1-17) $8 $10
Adult (ages 18-54) $10 $15
Senior (ages 55+) $8 $10
Member Guest pass $5 $8


A family membership is $65/month, which includes up to four children and two adults. Adult memberships are $45/month per person, and a Senior membership is $22/month per person. If you don't want a membership, you can just purchase a day pass for access to their facilities. A membership unlocks access to all group exercise programs offered at the rec center.


Hours Of Operation

Monday -Thursday: 5:30am-9:30pm

Friday: 5:30am-8:30pm

Saturday: 8am-6:30pm

Sunday:  1pm-6:30pm



Rec Center

The center stands at 85,000 square feet, and features:

  • An 8-lane, 25-yard lap pool to practice swim skills.
  • Multiple courts that are designed for basketball, volleyball, and pickleball.
  • An indoor track and full gyms to get in shape.
  • 2 yoga studios to calm your mind and body.
  • A handicap-accessible family pool with a multi-story waterslide and a lazy river to lounge around in.
  • A collaborative garden space that allows the community to work together and cultivate a healthy garden bed.
  • Large and small room rentals for various events, featuring a dedicated dividable ballroom with a connected full kitchen and smaller rooms available for occasions such as birthdays, senior citizen meetings, game clubs, and many other activities.
  • There are 'childwatch' centers to drop your kids off while you work out, as well as offices for you to work or study at.

Classes Available:

There are several classes to choose from at the NRRC and they are first come, first serve, and it is recommended to arrive 15 minutes before a class's start time.

  • Kickboxing
  • Chair Fit- This class is great for older adults to engage in strength training in a safe sitting position. The exercises help improve strength, blood flow, and flexibility while keeping joints active.
  • Tai-Chi- Tai Chi is a guided session of gentle physical activity and stretching led by an instructor. The class comprises a sequence of slow, deliberate movements, complemented by deep breathing.
  • Yoga
  • Boot Camp- A high-intensity workout that includes circuit training, bodyweight training, and cardio amongst other aspects.
  • Barre- Low-impact workout that uses elements from pilates, yoga, and ballet.
  • Cardio Funk- This choreograph dance class incorporates Latin, Jazz, Hip-Hop, African and Modern dance into one dance routine.
  • Chair Yoga
  • Line Dancing
  • Cycling
  • Bar and Band Pump- This workout targets all muscle groups. It involves performing higher repetitions with lighter weights to build strength and provide a cardio-intensive workout.
  • Kettlebell & Core- A high-intensity workout that combines functional and compound movements, and focuses on strengthening core muscles


Rec Center gym

Facility Age Requirements:

Fitness Area & Group Exercise

13 years and under Participants are not permitted in the fitness area
14-17 years old Can utilize fitness equipment and attend group exercise classes if they go through a certification process

Walking Track:

13 years and under: Guardian must be present on the track at all times

Open Gym:

0-8 years old Guardian must be present in the gymnasium at all times
9-12 years old Guardian must be in the facility at all times
13-17 years old Participants can be dropped off without a guardian


Leisure Pool:

4 years and under Guardian needs to be in the water at all times
5-9 years old Guardian must be on the pool deck, not necessarily in the water
10-12 years old Guardian must be in the facility at all times
13-17 years old Participants can be dropped off without a guardian

Lap Pool:

9 years and under Participants are not allowed in the lap pool
10-12 years old Participants may swim laps with a guardian present at all times
13-17 years old Participants can be dropped off without a guardian

With all it has to offer, you can see how the Northern Regional Rec Center has quickly become a cornerstone of the North Meck community. With its comprehensive range of amenities, from state-of-the-art fitness facilities to engaging community spaces, the center has something that everyone in the community can benefit from. Boasting diverse programs and accessible membership options, it stands as a testament to the community's commitment to health and wellness. The Rec Center has truly embodied the essence of a thriving community hub that improves and enriches lives.