Marinette's REC Center expected to open in December after delays

Marinette's Community REC Center on August 8, 2018. (Photo credit: WLUK).

MARINETTE (WLUK) -- Five months after it was originally supposed to open, Marinette’s Community Recreation Center appears to be on track to open at the end of this year.

The facility includes a turf field, hockey rink, and tennis and basketball courts that will double as convention space.

Marinette has tried to be patient as the interior of the REC Center is basically complete, but the outside looks to be bursting at the seams.

“We've been waiting a long time,” said Steve Genisot, Marinette’s mayor. “If you've been in the community, we've got two aging domes, one we just took down within the last month, so there is a great need to replace these and have something we can use indoor and year round.”

$6 million of $16.3 million project is being paid for through private donations. The other $10 million is from city taxpayers.

The city council recently awarded Boldt Construction, based in Appleton, an additional $989,000 to remove and replace metal panels that were incorrectly put on the building's exterior.

“Because all the fasteners weren't put on according to the plans and specs, we felt we wanted to get the product that we paid for as safe and quality for long term,” said Genisot.

The new goal is to open the rec center on December 14th. Mayor Genisot says there are incentives in the construction contract that could allow the doors to open sooner.

“As painstaking as it is, we want to get it right and get it opened,” said Genisot.

“Thankfully our community and the different user groups have been pretty understanding with what has taken place and that's really aided in the process,” said Gavin Scray, Executive Director of Recreation and Events for the city.

The plan is for hockey to continue at the existing civic center until the REC Center is ready.

The city has hired outside attorneys to sort out which vendors are responsible for the construction errors. Genisot says it is in active litigation with construction manager, Scherrer Construction, out of Burlington.

Genisot says the goal is to be reimbursed for any costs beyond the project's original budget.

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