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Park District Begins Rec Center Study

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Summer doesn't last long in North Dakota...so making the most of the nice weather outside is something most everyone tries to do...

But recently, more and more communities have wrapped up projects to bring many summer activities into the winter -- with indoor recreation centers being constructed.

The latest is this -- the Williston ARC.

The multi-million dollar facility opened in March.

Now the Minot Park District has started a study -- looking into the possibility of building a recreation center in the Magic City.

IBIS Enterprises has been hired by the district to study the project and what it could become.

A park district official says while there are some great centers in the state -- like here in Williston -- finding out exactly what would work in Minot is key.

 (Elly DesLauriers - Dir. of Marketing and Development) "This study is far from a cookie cutter process. They are going to come in and decide what is good for Minot and a fit here. A fit here might not be a fit for a different community and something that is in a different community might not be a good fit for Minot so they are going to decide what works best for us." 

It's a four month study that will be conducted during the summer months...with the goal at the end being to have a plan to take forward, and hopefully build a center that becomes a 12-month-a-year facility that is used by thousands in the area...

 (Elly DesLauriers - Dir. of Marketing and Development) "We start with a blank canvas and we are able to fill it with what our community needs and that is where we need input from the community. We welcome our community groups, our citizens, anyone who has an opinion -- call us or email us. We are willing to listen because that is what is going to make something like this successful." 

The pricetag, how to pay for it, where it would be...all questions that don't have answers now, but as the study is conducted will start to become clearer.

And as Elly said, you are encouraged to contact the district two put in your two cents on the project.

You can call them at 857-4136 or email MinotPark@SRT.com.

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