HUNTERSVILLE – Officials cut the ribbon, pickleballers played, volleyballs flew, yoga folks stretched, WERQers of all ages danced through the high-energy fitness training and, on the court, the Sonics from the Huntersville Youth Athletic Association’s 10-11-year-old boys basketball league claimed the first victory at the Huntersville Recreation Center.
All of it happened in short order, and mostly simultaneously, during the Saturday, Jan. 20 grand-opening ceremonies for the town’s new 24,000-square-foot indoor recreation facility on Verhoeff Drive.
Town and county government leaders, parks and recreation department officials, representatives from Central Piedmont Community College and Novant Health and dozens of area residents eager for their first glimpse of the courts and amenities participated in the festivities. Highlights of the day filled with firsts included the gathering of dignitaries for the ceremonial ribbon-cutting on the recreation center’s front steps and the first official game on the courts that are the centerpiece of the facility.
In the game, the Sonics defeated the Bulls, 36-31, and Sonic player Jack Dalton became a part of Huntersville history by scoring the game’s first basket. At the conclusion of the game, part of a daylong slate of HYAA action, members of both competing teams signed the game ball. It too is now part of the town’s parks and recreation department archives.
The facility is staffed by Ben Benshoof, recreation facility manager; Pat Bowles, athletic coordinator; Lindsay Small, recreational coordinator; Liz Quinn, recreation assistant; Candace Greene, athletic assistant; and Tim Collins and Steven Cannon, part-time gym monitors.
The center, at 11836 Verhoeff Drive adjacent to CPCC and Huntersville Athletic Park., is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For information about activities or opportunities to secure court space, visit www.huntersville.org, call 704-464-5520 or visit the new recreation center’s page on Facebook.