Humboldt: ready for recreation

Chad Thompson

HUMBOLDT — A new 71,000- square-foot recreation center will provide Humboldt community members with a chance to improve their health and wellness year-round.

The structure is being built just north of the Humboldt High School on the other side of Wildcat Road. The addition was made possible by the Ken and Marilyn Nielsen family. The family is donating the spacious multi-million dollar facility to the city of Humboldt when construction is completed next winter.

It will include an indoor walking track, two basketball courts that can be configured into smaller basketball courts, batting cages, two racquetball courts, a weight room, cardio studio, small conference room, multiple offices, a kitchen, locker rooms, a CrossFit area, a spin studio, and a kid’s room.

Recreation was identified last year by City Administrator Travis Goedken as an area of focus.

According to Goedken, people are more interested in the recreation available in the cities they live in than in years past.

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson

The Humboldt City Council has been discussing downtown
development in recent months.

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson
The Humboldt City Council has been discussing downtown development in recent months.

“We talked about quality of life and attracting a younger work force, that’s what you need to do is provide additional features beyond water, streets, sewer, police and fire protection,” he said. “This will be a huge asset to the community.”

Goedken is grateful for the donation.

“There’s no way the city would have been able to pull off something to this extent or even come close without the generosity of the Nielsen family,” he said. “We wouldn’t have been able to do anything near this.”

The center will require a membership for use of the facilities, Goedken said.

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