Northwood has a new place for physical activity.
The Northwood-Kensett Community School District has officially opened the Viking Activity Center, a brand new athletic facility attached to the junior high school.
“In a small community, they don’t want to have to drive 30 minutes to practice before or after work,” operations manager Jordan Reindl said. “It’s nice when you can do it right in your hometown.”
The Viking Activity Center contains 38,554 square feet of fitness, recreation and meeting space on two levels. Construction began in April 2021 and the project cost the district $5.6 million. A ribbon cutting for the installation took place on August 18.
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Superintendent Michael Crozier said the idea for the space was born out of the need for sports spaces and programs for young people. The dream of more space grew into a facility for the community.
“The events that will be held here will be more youth activities,” Crozier said.
“If this is a high school event, it will be like a scrimmage jamboree where we bring in multiple teams,” Reindl said. “(It will mainly be) youth tournaments between basketball and wrestling.”
Some of the fitness features include an indoor track, two full-length basketball courts, a weightlifting area, a cardio area, and a wrestling room. The addition also includes men’s and women’s lockers, a community room and a kitchenette. Synergy physical therapy has space in the building for consultations and appointments.
“There are more opportunities for (students) to learn about living healthy lifestyles and a place to practice that,” Crozier said.
The Viking Activity Center charges an annual membership fee, which can be found on the district’s website. The necessary documents can be downloaded from the “Membership” page. Visitors can also pay for an individual $10 day pass and must be 14 years of age or older.
Community members and organizations can apply for facilities to use the Viking Activity Center. Reservation and rental fees apply for the use of courts for recreational basketball or volleyball leagues, the community hall and the kitchenette. Information can be found on the district’s website under “Rentals/Services” tab.
“You can rent out (the community room) for birthdays and birthday parties, which have the kitchenette right next to it,” Crozier said. “The kitchenette can not only be used for this room, but it can also be used for gaming concessions if we are hosting a youth tournament.”
During the school year, the establishment is open from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 9 p.m. subject to change based on membership usage.
Those with questions about the Viking Activity Center can contact Reindl at 641-324-2142 ext. 110 or [email protected]