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A $70 Million Rec Center Brings Indoor Surfing, Golf to North Dakota

Williston Area Recreation Center
Williston Area Recreation CenterCourtesy Williston Area Recreation Center

People all over Williston, N.D., marvel at the new recreation center that opened this spring, calling it a “game changer” to the point of near annoyance. But when you stop by and tour the $70 million Area Recreation Center, or ARC, you start to see why they’re so enthused.

The 234,000-square-foot center may be the largest city-owned rec center in the country, says Darin Krueger, executive director of the Williston Parks and Recreation District. In addition to indoor basketball and tennis courts, the ARC has a 200-meter indoor running track, a golf simulator, 13,000 square feet of indoor turf and fitness areas, and a massive pool and splash park area that includes a water slide, lazy river, and pseudo-surfing apparatus called a FlowRider.