THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Break Ground"Ground was broken Monday, May 22 for the New Community REC center in Marinette. A crowd of over 100 people watched as shovels of dirt were thrown marking the start of construction for the history making event. TOP PHOTO"local dignitaries prepare to throw the first shovels of dirt. BOTTOM PHOTO"Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot, and students from Garfield School in Marinette take center stage for the money the students raised to help with the cost of the building. Garfield students held a penny drive and raised over $320. SIDE PHOTOS"Paula Gruszynski, Executive Director of the M&M Community Foundation and Chuck Severson address the crowd.
Ground Breaking for New Community Rec Center
A ground breaking for the new Community REC Center adjacent to Marinette High School was held Monday morning, May 22 at 10:15 a.m. The facility had been in the works for more than a decade and will be the focal point of activity and wellness in the city and for surrounding communities.
The Community REC Center will feature approximately 114,000 square feet of space. Designed by Somerville Architects it will be managed by Scherrer Construction. It is being built to accommodate ice sports such as hockey, broom ball and curling, and turf sports like soccer, baseball and softball. There will be a multi-purpose space for basketball, volleyball, tennis and will be able to host sports tournaments, trade shows, conventions, and other local events. Also included in the project are an indoor walking track, meeting rooms, community rooms, locker rooms, concessions, office space and more.
The ceremony, which was led by the Mayor of Marinette, Steve Genisot, celebrated all those who worked together to raise the $16.1 million needed for the project. Paula Gruszynski, Executive Director of the M&M Area Community Foundation gave the welcome.
Garfield Elementary Student Council members and co-chair Mrs. Jen Chouinard attended the groundbreaking. They held a penny drive and collected over $320 in pennies for the building. Chuck Severson, retired community member, spoke.
From the corporate donors and the large private contributors, to the penny drive at the local elementary school and Eilye Metzer, the 9-year old that sent in his own $20 with a hand written note, everyone's time, effort and donations are appreciated.
The cities of Marinette and Menominee, along with all the area communities, thank the more than 400 groups and individuals who contributed to the project and encourage those who still want to cement their legacy as a contributor to call the M&M Area Community Foundation at 906-864-3599 for details.