North Minneapolis rec center opens today
North Minneapolis has a new option for fun and safe activities – the North Minneapolis Salvation Army recreation center, which reopens today.
The recreation center includes a weight room and gymnasium. The weight room – which features equipment donated by Snap Fitness – and gym are open Mondays and Thursdays from 9–10:30 a.m. and 3–6 p.m. The cost is $2 per visit or $12 per month.
A grand reopening ceremony took place last night. Among the community members and Salvation Army supporters in attendance was Mary McVay (pictured), who originally funded the construction of the recreation center with her late husband, Pete McVay, former president of Cargill. The recreation center is named after Pete McVay’s late daughter, Molly McVay.
Major Robert Pyle, leader of the North Minneapolis Salvation Army, is thrilled about the recreation center because it will provide new opportunities for The Salvation Army to connect with and serve the local community.
“We are excited about the reopening of our recreation center,” said Pyle (pictured). “This center provides our community with a fun and safe place to live a healthy lifestyle.”
The recreation center had been dormant due to staffing limitations. It has reopened under the direction of Mr. Kiiantes Todd, who was recently hired to oversee the community center and the North Minneapolis Salvation Army’s youth programs.
“I feel very passionate about providing individuals with the ability to expand in health and wellness in ways that are substantial and long-lasting,” Todd said.
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