Aurora recreation center is opening in Aurora

Aurora, Colo.

(AP) — Aurora, the world’s largest city, is opening its first recreational center for the winter season with an estimated $250 million investment, the Aurora Entertainment Group said Thursday.

The center, called Aurora Rides, will be located at the north end of the city, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Denver, the company said in a statement.

It’s expected to open by the end of 2017.

The facility will be operated by the Denver Metro Parks and Recreation Department and will offer “the ultimate thrill ride experience for families, adults and children, with a variety of rides and activities including ice skating, snowboarding, sledding and a wide variety of water sports,” according to the statement.

Aurora is about 20 minutes north of Colorado Springs.