(MANHATTAN, KS – May 17, 2021) Two celebrations will take place this week to mark the grand opening of the new Anthony Recreation Center located at 2415 Browning Avenue. An official ribbon cutting ceremony starts at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 21 with members of the City Commission, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Steering Committee members, as well as City of Manhattan and USD 383 staff. Mayor Wynn Butler and USD 383 Board of Education member Katrina Lewison will speak. The event will include the “first shot” of each sport to be played in the facility, followed by a free throw challenge between members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and City Commissioners.
Then from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, the community is invited to stop by for an Open House to see the new recreation center firsthand. People who visit will be able to explore the 48,000 foot facility, ask questions, and sign up for their free MHK Rec Center membership. Parks and Rec staff will be giving away door prizes along with drawing chances to win free season passes to Manhattan’s Aquatic Centers.
The media and the public are invited to attend all events.
“The community has waited a long time for new indoor recreation space,” said Edward Eastes, Director of the Parks and Recreation Department. “We started hearing feedback from the community about the need for space as far back as 2005. We listened and now the new facilities are a reality. The new Douglass Activity Center, plus Anthony and Eisenhower Rec Centers, are facilities the community can be proud of and will enjoy for years to come.”
Construction began on the new Anthony Recreation Center in 2020, in partnership with Anthony Middle School and USD383. During the school day, half of the facility will be closed to public access and reserved for use by the school. In the evenings, the entire facility will be available for public use unless it has been reserved for a tournament or other special use.
“With three new indoor recreation facilities opening this year, we anticipate being able to host a variety of large tournaments in Manhattan,” said Eastes. “These facilities will bring a lot of value to the community, especially during the winter months when playing outside becomes more difficult.”
There is no cost for daily walk-in use but all participants are required to have a CivicRec account and must check-in at the front desk each visit using their free MHK Rec Center membership. Adults can register for a Civic Rec account online through the Parks and Rec website. Participants under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian age 18 or older.
Amenities of the new recreation facility include:
- 4 Basketball Courts
- 4 Volleyball Courts
- 8 Pickleball Courts
- Portable Indoor Turf
- 2 - Batting Tunnels
- 3-Lane Elevated Walking Track (10 laps = 1 mile)
- Multi-Purpose Room (can be divided into 2 spaces)
- Catering Kitchen/Concession Stand (events only)
- Officials Change Rooms
- Spectator Viewing Areas
- TV/Media Lounge Area
- Lobby/Front Lounge Area
The Eisenhower Recreation Center is still under construction and is anticipated to open later this summer. The facility will be almost identical to the Anthony Recreation Center and offer the same amenities.
More information about Parks and Recreation facilities can be found online at https://www.mhkprd.com/31/Facilities-Attractions. Anthony Rec Center will open to the public with Summer Hours starting May 22.
Summer Hours (May 22– Labor Day)
- Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
- Friday, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
- Saturday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
- Sunday, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
- Closed New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day
Regular Hours of Operation (Autumn – Spring)
- Monday thru Thursday, 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
- Friday, 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
- Saturday, 9:00 AM - 6 PM
- Sunday, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The mission of Manhattan Parks & Rec is to build a healthy community through people, parks, and programs. More information is available at www.mhkprd.com, or by calling the Parks & Recreation office at 785-587-2757 during regular business hours. Follow Manhattan Parks & Rec on Facebook at ManhattanParksandRec or on Twitter, @ManhattanPRD.