Dalrymple Celebrates Grand Opening of Williston Area Recreation Center
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple was in Williston today to celebrate the grand opening of the Williston Area Recreation Center, the state’s largest indoor recreation facility. The $76 million center is located on the campus of Williston State College (WSC) and will serve as a sports and recreation hub for the region. At 236,000 square feet, the facility includes a water park, turf field, golf simulator, playground, tennis courts, 200-meter track, and activity rooms.
“Congratulations to the Williston Parks and Recreation District and the community of Williston on the completion of this impressive facility that will serve as the center of fitness and recreation for the region,” said Dalrymple. “This new recreation center will enhance the livability of the community and provide exciting amenities for local residents, as well as those interested in moving to the area.”
The facility was funded by a one percent sales tax approved by Williston residents in 2011. The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education and WSC provided the land for the center. The Williston Parks and Recreation District has grown its full-time employees from 13 in 2012 to more than 40 today to accommodate the new facility and the department’s growth. The center is expected to create 200 part-time employment opportunities.