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Bob Gillen, left, general manager at the Maysa Arena, explains expansion plans to Chad Richeson at a Minot Park District open house Wednesday in the Minot Municipal Auditorium.

Eighth grader Scout Ulrickson was drawn to the renovation plans for Minot Municipal Auditorium at the Minot Park District’s open house Wednesday.

A soccer player and daughter of a pickleball enthusiast, she said she’s interested in plans to add indoor recreation and to create more opportunities for different sports.

The park district held the open house to give the community a look at options for updating the auditorium and adding on to Maysa Arena. A second open house will be held tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. in Room 201 of the auditorium.

Pickleball player Paul Ulrickson said the game is played indoors during the winter at the YMCA but activity is restricted due to space and the growing number of players. Kevin Yale, another pickleball player, said indoor facilities are important to keeping the sport going year-round. Players would love to see a pickleball court at the auditorium.

“That’s the hope behind us coming here is to get some support,” Ulrickson said.

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Eric Hofer with the architectural firm JLG describes the details of a potential aquatics center that could result from a school and park district collaborative venture during the Minot Park District’s open house Wednesday.

Minot’s curling club, which has facilities in a fairgrounds building, is eyeing space in Maysa with the expansion plans for the arena. Wesley Mason with the curling club said he came to voice support for the idea.

“Now is the time to ask,” he said. “This has been chatted about for a number of years.”

Maysa Arena’s proposal includes a fourth ice rink, as well as a football-field-sized turf area that would include an indoor playground. The proposed plans also include an updated facade of the building and a new concourse-style entrance that would allow more light into the building and more space for foot traffic and socializing.

The proposal for the auditorium includes updates to the entrance and lobby and general remodeling that will give the building an updated look inside and out.

Visitors to the open house also saw plans for a future aquatics center that could be developed in connection with a competition pool at the new high school. Merritt said the park district had proposed an aquatics center connected to Maysa Arena, but with space available on the school grounds for an aquatics center, it creates an opportunity to build at that location.

Parks Executive Director Ron Merritt was pleased with the interest shown at the open house.

“People want to see what we’re talking about. We started this last summer, got our input from the community through survey work that we did. Then we met with all of our user groups, partner groups. We’ve now come up with the plans that we think are what people want, but now we want to get input from everyone to see if we’re on the right track,” Merritt said.

Feedback has been coming not only from user groups but others in the community who have been curious about the projects.

Merritt said park staff will analyze the comments from …….

Source: https://www.minotdailynews.com/news/local-news/2022/02/indoor-recreation-draws-interest/

Jill Schramm/MDN
Bob Gillen, left, general manager at the Maysa Arena, explains expansion plans to Chad Richeson at a Minot Park District open house Wednesday in the Minot Municipal Auditorium.

Eighth grader Scout Ulrickson was drawn to the renovation plans for Minot Municipal Auditorium at the Minot Park District’s open house Wednesday.

A soccer player and daughter of a pickleball enthusiast, she said she’s interested in plans to add indoor recreation and to create more opportunities for different sports.

The park district held the open house to give the community a look at options for updating the auditorium and adding on to Maysa Arena. A second …….

Jill Schramm/MDN
Bob Gillen, left, general manager at the Maysa Arena, explains expansion plans to Chad Richeson at a Minot Park District open house Wednesday in the Minot Municipal Auditorium.

Eighth grader Scout Ulrickson was drawn to the renovation plans for Minot Municipal Auditorium at the Minot Park District’s open house Wednesday.

A soccer player and daughter of a pickleball enthusiast, she said she’s interested in plans to add indoor recreation and to create more opportunities for different sports.

The park district held the open house to give the community a look at options for updating the auditorium and adding on to Maysa Arena. A second …….

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