There have not been a ton of events at the Community REC Center since it opened earlier this year, but that is expected to change the remainder of this year and into 2020.

The $16 million building on Pierce Avenue is a crown jewel for the city and something that should make community members proud.

After opening in late January, the REC Center has featured a hockey tournament, a boxing night, a job fair and most recently a health & wellness expo, to name a few. It also is open to regular walkers, skaters, tennis players, pickle ball enthusiasts and more.

Hockey has already picked up and that will only increase as we head toward winter. Open soccer, along with bend and stretch classes are in full swing as well.

Some events on tap for the remainder of this year include Blues, Brews and BBQ, Antique & Flea Market, Colossal Fossils, Christmas in Marinette and a New Year’s Eve party.

In January, the Everything Outdoors Show will feature boats, RVs, camping, fishing, hunting, ATV, UTV, snowmobiles and more. While April will see the Old House New House Home Show.

There are numerous tentative events in the works, ranging from a circus to Harry Potter Night. If a portion of the events come to fruition, it’s going to be a great year the REC Center.

As a reminder, the facility can support large events such as concerts and trade shows, as well as sports activities including soccer, baseball, softball, ice hockey, basketball, tennis, curling and indoor track events. The building is split into three large spaces: A turf gym, a traditional gym section and an ice hockey rink, all connected by a front hallway with satellite restrooms, meeting rooms, storage space and locker rooms.

The project originally had a target opening date of March 1, 2018, but cold snaps, improperly-installed exterior wall panels and other delays pushed the project back for months.

Shortly before opening, Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot and fundraising team member Scott Wahl told the EagleHerald they were pleased with the community project and its final product.

“I think we did it right, getting as many people involved as we could,” Wahl said.

Genisot said, “Overall, we got a really good facility, and the taxpayers should be proud.”

As mentioned, there is plenty to offer at the Community REC Center. We hope residents take full advantage of the opportunities.