David L. Bodenhamer Recreation Center

The David L. Bodenhamer Center is a membership based community center that receives over 300,000 visits annually. The beautifully designed facility is home to the City of Gulf Shores Recreation Division offices and is the hub for all recreational athletic and program registrations. 

COVID-19 Information

We continue to prioritize the safety of our members, our team and their families as we implement new protocols upon reopening. We want to welcome everyone back and serve our community with a careful, considered phased plan in accordance with the State of Alabama, CDC and health departments’ guidelines. These efforts will be reviewed, modified and implemented through multiple phases until we can confidently return our facilities and programming back to full operations.


All memberships have been extended for the time of closure. Contract membership payments were paused during the closure and will resume upon opening. 

What to expect:
  • Social distancing of 6 feet is required in all areas
  • Sanitization of hands required of everyone upon entry AND exit
  • Additional measures of sanitization, cleaning and disinfection
  • Entry screening: Health questionnaire
  • Equipment spaced to establish safe distancing
  • Time limits on equipment
  • No social gatherings within facility
  • Increased signage and staffing to enforce guidelines

Facility Access:
  • Limited hours: Monday-Friday 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Deep cleanings will be performed daily of all areas after closing
  • Pool remains temporarily CLOSED to complete expedited deck renovations
  • Members age 15+ only, no daily passes
  • Locker rooms, basketball and racquetball courts, pool house and game tables remain closed
  • Coffee station and water fountains closed per mandatory guidelines
  • No towel service will be provided

What to bring: 
  • Towel, water bottle, mats for classes, headphones for devices, mask/face covering (recommended by guidelines)
  • Small portable bag with limited personal belongings/no valuables, Locker rooms are closed. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Cleaning and Disinfecting:
In addition to our routine cleaning schedule, enhanced protocols have been added for the safety of our patrons and staff. 
  • Additional staff for cleaning
  • Continuous disinfection of high-tough areas
  • Modified facility hours to allow for deep cleaning
  • Readily available equipment disinfectant wipes for all to use
  • Hand sanitizing stations located throughout the facility

Fitness Operations:

All areas to be monitored by additional staff, equipment spaced to ensure 6 feet social distancing requirements and additional safety/cleaning protocols in place. We have modified our fitness services to occupy four areas within the facility. All equipment used while visiting the facility must be wiped with provided materials before AND after each use.
  • Cardio Equipment – Lobby, 30 minute rule
  • Weight Equipment – Upstairs, 30 minute rule
  • Floor Fitness Classes – Gymnasium, limit of 30/class
  • Yoga Classes – Upstairs aerobics classroom, limit of 10/class

Group Exercise:

  • Availability is limited
  • Soft equipment such as mats and blocks will not be supplied due to sanitization practices
  • All participants must maintain 6ft social distancing before, during and after class
  • Class participation is on a first come, first serve basis
  • Floor fitness classes will be in gymnasium, maximum time of 45 minutes and limited to 30 participants
  • Participants may enter gym for class no more than 20 minutes prior to class start time
  • Each person must wait for class to begin on indicated green X’s located on gym floor
  • Please respect others and be quiet while waiting for class to finish
  • Gym attendant and instructor will give direction for each class prior to start, including entry, equipment procedure and spacing requirements
  • A limited number of classes, including yoga, will be in the aerobics classroom upstairs, maximum class time of 45 minutes and limited to 10 participants (must bring own mat)
  • In order to limit social gatherings and manage waiting area, all upstairs class participants must sign in at upstairs fitness desk 20 minutes before the start of class to secure their spot.
  • Once signed in, participants must either walk on track or use other areas of the facility to maintain social distance practices and avoid gatherings. They may enter the classroom 10 minutes prior to class start time to set up and prepare for class.

Staff Requirements:
As always, the safety and well-being of our community is our top priority. This includes our valued team of staff who are adapting and enforcing these modified operations. To remain consistent with government orders and guidelines, staff members:
  • Are required to wear masks covering nose and mouth
  • Will enforce rules and guidelines
  • Will take temperature prior to start of each shift
  • Will be routinely disinfecting touchpoints
  • Are encouraged to wear provided gloves and any other PPE
  • Must stay home if feeling ill and will report any symptoms of COVID illness to supervisor immediately.
  • Are required to maintain social distance from patrons and other staff

Pool Renovations:
Due to the extended closure of the Bodenhamer Recreation Center, the City was able to successfully expedite renovations for the pool that were originally planned for Fall 2020. The project began in late April and is expected to be completed by the end of July.  We are very proud of these efforts to minimize future facility downtime while taking advantage of the closure to make these much needed pool improvements. The project will include: removing all concrete decking and drainage, replace with new improved drainage system, new tile deck, replace drainage in all locker rooms, new tile flooring in locker rooms. 

Pool members will be able to use the Orange Beach Aquatics Center for exercise swimming only. Recreation Center members will need to show proof of membership at the Orange Beach facility in order to enter. For more information regarding the aquatics center including hours of operation, please visit their website or call 251-974-7946.

For any questions please contact the Recreation Department at 251.968.1420.

David L. Bodenhamer Recreation Center Hours of Operation:

  • Monday- Friday: 5:30 am - 9 pm 
  • Saturday: 8 am - 6 pm 
  • Sunday: 1 pm - 6 pm

Bodenhamer Indoor Pool Hours of Operation:

General Swimming:

  • Monday-Friday: 1 pm - 3 pm, 6 pm - 9 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am - 6 pm 
  • Sunday: 1 pm - 6 pm 

Lap Swimming:

  • Monday-Friday: 6 am - 3 pm, 6 pm - 9 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am - 6 pm
  • Sunday: 1 pm - 6 pm
Facility Amenities Include: 

  • ADA accessible
  • AquaClimb ® wall
  • Complimentary fitness towel service
  • Floor and water aerobics classes
  • Full service fitness room
  • Game area
  • Indoor heated pool with lap lanes
  • Indoor walking track
  • Men's/Women's and boy's/girl's locker rooms
  • Outdoor wading pool
  • Racquetball courts
  • Regulation size gymnasium
  • Tennis

Bodenhamer Indoor Pool:

The Gulf Shores Swim Team and Aquatic Programs offers a variety of instructional classes including water aerobics, lifeguard certification, group and private lessons and more. 

    Water Aerobic Classes

    Rec Pass and Splash Pass members can enjoy an array of water aerobics classes at no additional charge. $10 daily aerobic passes are available to the public. Click here to view the full schedule.

    Private Lessons

    We offer private swim lessons open to all ages & skill levels.  Certified instructors and flexible schedule are available. The cost is $15 per session.  Sessions are 30 minutes. Click here for more information.

    Gulf Shores Swim Team

    The Gulf Shores Recreation Division offers a year-round swim program for South Baldwin County youth ages 4 to 18 years old. To find out more information or sign up for the Gulf Shores Swim Team, please contact Aquatic Coordinator Brook Hopkins at 251-968-1427.

    Fitness Classes:

    A variety of classes are available at the David L. Bodenhamer Center including Zumba, Water arthritis, Yoga and Pilates. Drop-In Floor classes are included with RecPass and FitPass memberships.  Drop-In Pool classes are included with RecPass and SplashPass memberships.  The public can purchase an $10 daily pass to any drop in class at the front desk. To provide the safest environment possible, the maximum class size is 30 participants. Entry is monitored by the instructor and is on a first come, first serve basis.

    To see a full schedule of the fitness classes we offer at our recreation and fitness centers, please click here

    Child care is not available. 


    We offer a variety of membership options for residents and non-residents.  Click here for more information about membership rates and daily passes.

    Online Registration:

    To get information about our online registration system and sign up for classes and programs, please click here

    Rental Opportunities:

     If you are interested in reserving the David L. Bodenhamer Recreation Center gymnasium or pool for an event, please contact Nicole Ard, Recreation Manager, at 251-968-1424 or nard@gulfshoresal.gov. 

    Contact the Front Desk:

    Address: 310 West 19th Ave, Gulf Shores 36542
    1. Nicole Ard

      Recreation Manager
      Phone: 251-968-1420