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Northern Regional Rec Center will open in June

Northern Regional Recreation

May 31. The Northern Regional Recreation Center will officially open June 24 with a ribbon-cutting and grand opening at 10 am. The new facility, located at 18121 Old Statesville Road/Hwy. 115 will open for MeckPass members June 13.

The opening has been delayed for months at a time because of COVID and resulting labor shortages.

Last year, county officials were shooting for a first-quarter opening this year. It was subsequently pushed to late March, mid-April, sometime in May and, now, it’s feeling quite official in June

The culprit: COVID-19 supply chain issues impacting the project schedules.

The 85,000 square-foot center, with an indoor track, gyms, exercise equipment, swimming pools and a greenhouse, is part fitness center, part community center, said Mecklenburg County Commissioner Elaine Powell, the North Meck representative on the county board.

Mecklenburg County Commissioner Elaine Powell

The hours for MeckPass members beginning June 13 are:

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit ParkandRec.com to sign up for a MeckPass membership.

Full Operating Hours

Monday – Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Summer camps

Summer camp opportunities begin on Tuesday, June 21. View summer camps here.


Tours will begin June 7 at 9 a.m. Tours will run for groups of 20 every 15 minutes in the facility, with a break from noon to 1 p.m. Registration for tours is required. During the tour, attendees will get an in-depth look at all the facility amenities and answer any questions. Tours will take 30 to 45 minutes. Register for a tour.

Tour Dates and Times

Tuesday, June 7 – Friday, June 10: 9 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 7:45 p.m
Saturday, June 11: 9 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 12: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.