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MLK Jr. Recreation Center in Steubenville shows off upgrades

After months of work, community support, and donations, the Martin Luther King Jr Recreation Center is celebrating some much needed upgrades.

After months of work, community support, and donations, the Martin Luther King Jr Recreation Center is celebrating some much needed upgrades.

“This is like a little jewel for downtown,” Steubenville City Manager Jim Mavromatis said. “These kids have to have somewhere to go to downtown.”

On Wednesday, the MLK Jr Recreation Center hosted an open house for the community to check out the improvements made to the facility.

“The entire building has been painted,” said Lori Featherolf, Steubenville parks and recreation director. “We've added new mats on the floors in our weight room, got some new equipment back in the weight room, some additional stuff is coming in the next couple weeks. And then we've installed all new lighting in the gymnasium, stripped and waxed the floors here, got some new games for the kids, Xbox and air hockey, things like that.”

Some of the upgrades and the additions are thanks to donations from local businesses and organizations.

“The majority of the money came from the 7/10ths fund, but we've had donations up to $10,000, which clearly helped purchase some of the equipment,” Mavromatis said. “The Steubenville women's club, if it wasn't for them, we wouldn't have had the Xbox or the hockey game.”

Lowe’s Home Improvement donated all of the paint used to freshen up the interior of the center. And Walmart donated a television.

City leaders say they are excited for the public to see the new changes and for the community to enjoy utilizing the facility.

“Free to stop in whenever, and we'll give you a tour around and show you all the good things we've done,” Featherolf said.

“I'm just happy we're able to get these changes in,” Mavromatis said. “We're still looking at some other things here. But this is a focal point here for downtown and we need this.”

City leaders would like to thank the community and donors for their support.

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