The Nederland Community Center began life as a K-12 school around 1880. It was expanded by a WPA project in 1936 & 37, creating the gymnasium and the massive stone wall on the east side of the community room, and the classrooms for the high school along the eastern exposure. In the 1950's, the Nederland school became part of the Boulder Valley School District and the building was expanded. The cafeteria (now the community room) and southern classrooms of the west wing were added. The building remained a K-12 school until the Nederland High School was built in 1972. It remained an elementary school into the early 90's.
In 1997 the Town of Nederland reacquired the site from Boulder Valley School District and began using the building as a community center. During this time, it became home to the police station, the library, the teen center, a variety of local nonprofits - including Nederland Area Seniors, and the fledgling Backdoor Theatre, which began showing movies in the old school auditorium with the original wooden seats!
In March of 2003, the frame roof of the old gymnasium collapsed under seven feet of heavy spring snow. The long-planned remodel of the space became a sudden necessity. The renovated facility re-opened as a LEEDS certified building in fall of 2007, and began to find its new identity within the community. New uses were identified for old spaces, a fitness facility was incorporated, and improvements continued. The old elementary school kitchen was renovated in 2010 for the Nederland Area Seniors, who use the community room for their congregate meal site. The kitchen is also new rented out as a commissary kitchen.
In September 2013, the lower level of the Community Center was flooded. The weight room, lobby, concession, and officer areas were all renovated with a more functional layout. FEMA provided the much-needed full building generator to prevent future flooding, and support emergency operations during disasters.
The post-COVID Community Center currently houses many diverse activities. The Fitness Place and class offerings provide wellness opportunities for the Peak to Peak community, while the Backdoor Theatre provides a unique entertainment element for residents of all ages. Art at the Center showcases the work of local artists on the walls of the Center, and each show is opened with a reception. Nederland Area Seniors have resumed their congregate meals following the COVID closure, and entrepreneurs share the commissary kitchen for their various enterprises. Human service providers work tirelessly to provide supplemental food, clothing, and services for clientele and tend gardens to provide fresh vegetables. Many annual events have returned in 2021, and we hope that in-person Town meetings will return in 2022.
The Nederland Community Center (NCC) is a public facility dedicated to strengthening community and serving the greater Nederland area by providing local opportunities for recreation, fitness, education, human services, entertainment, cultural enrichment, and community meetings and gathering spaces.
Deeply committed to sustainability, the town of Nederland renovated the Community Center with an unwavering commitment to seeking LEED certification. After years of hard work and green choices, the Nederland Community Center was finally rewarded with LEED Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council in December 2009. The sustainable features of the Nederland Community Center include:
- Recycled and sustainable materials
- SCADA controlled HVAC and air exchange system
- Day lighting for over 90% of regularly occupied areas
- Low-flow fixtures and toilets
- Waterless urinals
- Low VOC paint, sealants, and carpets
The Town of Nederland is proud to be leading the way in municipal green building and in reducing its carbon footprint to the greatest extent possible.
Community Center Foundation Board
The Nederland Community Center Foundation is currently undergoing restructuring. Once this is done, we will have more information available here!
CCFB Mission Statement
The mission of the Community Center Foundation Board is to target projects related to the Community Center, pursue grants and other funds for Community Center improvements and programming, and increase Community Center use and visibility, all with a focus on the long-range needs of the greater Nederland community. This board is not a town appointed board.