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Forest County Potawatomi Community Center opens to public

Story By Morgan Johnson
Local News Published 09/24/2021 4:19PM, Last Updated 09/25/2021 8:50AM
Crandon - It was a busy day at the new Forest County Potawatomi Community Center. It opened up to the general public so that Community Center Director Brian Tupper and other staff could show off the completed project.

"Want to make sure that people get an opportunity to come in, check us out, sign up for memberships, see everything we have to offer and see the beauty of this facility," said Tupper.

It's the largest project in Forest County history. The $60 million dollar project began in May 2019 and was completed in August.

The Community Center features a fieldhouse, pool, waterslide, fitness center, and gymnasium, among other facilities, totaling 110,000 square feet on two levels.

The state-of-the-art fitness center has everything one could need: customizable, personalized equipment, a 25-foot climbing wall, group and individual fitness training, boxing, yoga, self-defense...the list goes on.

The large gymnasium, which includes three full-length basketball courts, can seat up to 1,800 people and accommodate activities like basketball, pickleball, volleyball, and badminton.

Other amenities in the facility include a fab lab, woodshop, teaching kitchen, game room, and golf simulator.

Tupper says there's something for everyone at the Community Center, and that it will be a hub for sporting events and activities.

What's now available to the general public is something Forest County Potawatomi Chairman Ned Daniels didn't even imagine possible.

"I want to make a way for our people to live and for our kids to have fun and get educated and go on with life the way they're supposed to," said Daniels.

When the ideas for the facility were under discussion, Daniels wanted to include everybody in the decision-making process. The tribal council went door to door, held public hearings, and simply asked around what people wanted in their facility.

"It means a lot," said Daniels. "I have a 6-year-old son, and to him it means fun fun fun fun fun. But to somebody like myself, hearing the planning for the last six years, hearing every generation say 'We need this, We need that.'"

Now that their wishes have come true, the possibilities are endless. Chairman Daniels hopes the Community Center can be the place where people can be better.

Memberships are available to families and individuals on a monthly or yearly basis.

For more information on the Potawatomi Community Center, visit community.fcpotawatomi.com.
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