EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard 
The baseball diamond one of the features of the Community REC Center, Marinette. (pic taken 1-23-19
EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard 

The baseball diamond one of the features of the Community REC Center, Marinette. (pic taken 1-23-19



The first Marinette focus group is formed to discuss the possibility of building a new recreation facility to replace the Civic Center domes with something more permanent. 


A handful of other focus groups come and go, all with different ideas about how to build a new recreation center. The main factors that dissolve the groups and their ideas is the lack of funding and too much emphasis on hockey. 

April 7, 2015

Mayor Steve Genisot is elected after running on a platform to address the aging Civic Center domes and look into building a new recreation facility. 

January 2016

A focus group, later to become a fundraising team, is formed to discuss the possible design of a new recreation facility. Members include Mayor Steve Genisot, Ward 4 Alderman Brian Walters, Jeff Zeratsky, Attorney Steve Wolfe, Tim J. Stauss of Stephenson National Bank & Trust, Mary Kay Boyce of Bay Cities Insurance Group, Paula Gruszynski with the M&M Area Community Foundation, Recreation Director Kent Kostelecky and Scott Wahl of Johnson Controls. The group develops around a dozen concept plans before deciding on one. 

Feb. 15, 2016

The first plans for the new recreation facility are presented to the Marinette City Council, containing a community hall, turf gym and ice rink. The plans for the building next to Marinette High School were developed by Somerville Inc. and U.P. Engineers & Architects Inc., and concept designs were made available to the public. The cost of the center was estimated to be around $12 million, and the planning team vows to raise half the money to fund the project. 

March 1, 2016

The city council seeks a $6 million loan to cover half the cost of the facility. 

Feb. 7, 2017

The city council approves a contract with Scherrer Construction Co. as construction manager for the recreation center project, after deciding to go with a construction manager rather than a general contractor in order to allow local vendors to bid on the project. 

March 1, 2017

Site plans for the recreation center are approved by the Plan Commission. 

April 4, 2017

Bay Area Medical Center of Marinette and Aurora BayCare Medical Center of Green Bay announce $500,000 donations each to the project, for a total of $1 million, and receive exclusive naming and logo rights to the recreation facility for 25 years. The facility is hereafter known as the “Community REC Center,” with “REC” standing for “Recreation, Education, Community.” The city council approves the name and logo. On the same day, Scherrer Construction presents bid results for the project, and the city council agrees to rebid several categories. 

May 2, 2017

The city council approves the borrowing of $17.5 million to fund the Community REC Center project, and approves bids presented by Scherrer Construction. 

May 22, 2017

Ground is broken on the lot next to Marinette High School, soon to become the Community REC Center. 

March 1, 2018

The Community REC Center’s tentative completion date passes, after cold weather and construction issues begin to take their toll on the project. Work on the facility becomes deadlocked for much of 2018 as the city tries to seek settlement from Scherrer Construction. 

July 30, 2018

The city council approves a nearly $1 million contract with The Boldt Company of Appleton to replace exterior wall panels and finish work on the Community REC Center. 

Dec. 7, 2018

Wall panel replacement finishes, and finishing touches on the Community REC Center begin. 

Jan. 24, 2019

The Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce and donors gather at the Community REC Center to celebrate the facility’s opening. 

Jan. 25, 2019

The Community REC Center opens its doors to the public for an open house. 

Jan. 26-27, 2019

Self-guided tours of the facility are available over the weekend. 

Jan. 28, 2019

The Community REC Center has its first day of normal business operations.