Oceola Community Center will house Howell Area Parks and Recreation

The Howell Area Parks and Recreation Authority’s new home is officially complete.

The 43,000-square-foot Oceola Community Center will open to the public Wednesday with most services available. The new community center will open in three phases to comply with safety regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting May 5, community members can purchase memberships, try out the fitness rooms, walking track and open gym and begin participating in some programmed activities. Fitness classes and drop-in sports will open at the end of May.

Building hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to start. Those who are interested in a membership should

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La Jolla Recreation Center bocce and reopening getting closer

The city of San Diego has put in play the La Jolla Community Recreation Group’s plan for a temporary bocce court on the La Jolla Recreation Center grounds along the Draper Avenue sidewalk.

The CRG, the Rec Center’s advisory board, which has pursued the bocce court since 2017, heard at its April 28 meeting that the court has been approved for a right-of-entry permit to allow non-city employees to build it.

Rosalia Castruita, the San Diego Parks & Recreation Department’s area manager, said the project now goes to the city attorney’s office, and once it signs off, Castruita will meet

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Plans for new Waterville community recreation arena unveiled at youth center

Ken Walsh, CEO of the Alfond Youth Center, speaks Friday at the center as officials announce plans to build a new ice skating rink beside the nearby municipal pool off North Street in Waterville. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

WATERVILLE — When Ken Walsh, CEO of the Alfond Youth & Community Center, moved to Waterville in 1992, he was told by community members how the city was once a hockey town.

Now, nearly three decades later and with the help of donors and a board of directors, hockey will return to Waterville and will be accessible to all.

The project was

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9-story, 130-room hotel planned next to Short Pump Town Center

A rendering of the planned hotel near the Short Pump Town Center. A brand for the hotel has not been identified. (Courtesy of Henrico County)

A Henrico-based firm wants to put up a hotel next to Short Pump Town Center as local hoteliers continue to bet on an industry rebound.

Kalyan Hospitality submitted plans to Henrico County last week for a 9-story, 130-room hotel at 11768 W. Broad St.

The undeveloped, 1.7-acre parcel sits between Short Pump Town Center and VCU Health’s Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center.

Kalyan owner Nick Patel said they don’t have a brand identified

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Watauga Community Recreation Center Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Watauga Community Recreation Center’s ribbon cutting ceremony took place Friday, April 23 at 1:30 p.m.

By Harley Nefe

Watauga County Parks and Recreation personnel along with dignitaries and other special guests gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Watauga Community Recreation Center on April 23 to celebrate its opening day, which is today, April 26.

This ceremony comes after long-awaited anticipation from WCP&R staff and community members alike, as the pandemic delayed the opening of the new WCRC. The recreation center was finally able to open to the public at 6 a.m.

“What an exciting day,” said

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Detroit Lakes’ community programs are back in a big way, outdoor recreation center opens June 7

The DLCCC is always ready for a game of pickup basketball, open pool swim (with reservation), or use of their exercise equipment, during business hours, but their summer programs, along with the Historic Holmes Theatre, should bring the focus back to community involvement, said Kim Bettcher, marketing and youth sponsorship coordinator for the center.

“We are back to the planning that we had for the summer of 2019, which is super exciting,” said Bettcher.

New sessions of swim classes (competitive and non-competitive) begin in May for the Sunfish Swim Teams at the DLCCC. Classes range from $70 to $140 and

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