County Executive Janet S. Owens and other elected officials will formally open the North County Recreation Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Two years in the making, the recreation center is in the Brooklyn Park Community Center, which includes the new Brooklyn Park Middle School, Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts and the Brooklyn Park Senior Center.
"The community has waited and waited for services, so I'm pleased that we are finally bringing the wait to an end," Owens said of the recreation center and other resources brought to the area through the multimillion-dollar North County Quality of Life Initiative.
In addition to the bricks-and-mortar projects, the initiative includes after-school and police drug-education programs, GED classes, expanded programs for the elderly and coordinated enforcement of nuisance, zoning and building code violations, Owens' office said.
"Until now, North County residents who wanted to participate in recreation programs had to find space in the local schools," said Howard Smith, North County recreation supervisor. "We can now offer a variety of classes from the recreation center. We're very excited about the positive effect this center will have on North County."
The recreation center includes a dance studio, a computer laboratory, a teen room, an arts-and-crafts studio and a multipurpose room. The department offers classes there, including job-skill development, ceramics and self-defense.
Information: 410-222-0036 or 410-222-0037.