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Work underway on $17.5 million community center in Arcadia

Ground was broken Monday for the Wanek Center, a new community recreation and event center located on the campus of the Arcadia School District.

ARCADIA — A groundbreaking for the Wanek Center, a new community recreation and event center located on the campus of the Arcadia School District, was held Monday.

The estimated $17.5 million space will be used for wellness and recreational programming for the public and accommodating the Arcadia School District’s facility needs for physical education classes, large group activities and athletic practices or competitions.

Speakers at the groundbreaking included Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Arcadia Mayor Rob Reichwein, superintendent of Arcadia School District Lance Bagstad and Ron Wanek, founder and chairman of Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.

The Ronald and Joyce Wanek Foundation donated $12 million to the project, with $1.5 million in funding coming from the School District, City of Arcadia and community donations.

The Wanek Center will include a two-court gym, boys’ and girls’ locker rooms, additional athletic practice space, weight room and music storage for the school district. The community will have access to a community gym with storage, concessions, indoor run/walk track, fitness center, men’s and women’s locker rooms, exercise studio, community meeting room, adult and youth activity space, and the Arcadia Public Library.

The school district portion of the Wanek Center is scheduled to be complete by September 2019, with the remainder of the facility ready to use by the community shortly after that.

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