The $3.6 million recreation center covers over 30,000 square
feet. Built as a two level facility, the center's lower level houses three
sports courts, a gaming lounge, racquetball court, weight and fitness equipment,
and concession area. An area of the court can be adapted for indoor batting
and golf cages. The upper level features a walking/running track overlooking
the courts below with a sports exercise room used for aerobics and fitness. Also
included on the upper level are rooms designed for meetings and parties. The
Recreation Center opened in 2002.
Financing for the construction of the centers has been donated
by the Holden family. (Members of the Holden family, shown above at the ground
breaking ceremony include: Ron and Arlene Holden, grandsons, Corbin and Austin
Blythe, and Ruby Holden. Mayor Murray Armstrong is shown on the far right).
The Aquatic and Recreation Centers were built by the Roland and Ruby Holden Foundation
on city property and gifted to the city upon completion. The Aquatic Center is
managed and operated solely by the city. The Recreation Center is overseen by
an eight-member board representing the Williamsburg School District and the City
of Williamsburg equally. With the approval of board members, the city
will manage and operate the Recreation Center on a daily basis, with the school
district paying a portion of the operating expenses.
Ron Holden is the former owner of Holden's Foundations Seeds L.L.C. in Williamsburg.
The Centers are located at the Sports Complex, located on Highway 149, southeast
(Information and groundbreaking photo courtesy of Callie Wetjen,