3-13 RibbonCutting

Iredell County Board of Commissioners Chairman James Mallory cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of the Iredell County Recreation Center on Wednesday.

Iredell County, Troutman and Statesville officials gathered to cut the ribbon at the Iredell County Recreation Center Wednesday.

“What you see here is a team of teams,” Board of Commissioners Chairman James Mallory said. “This is a cross-section of our community. The town of Troutman, the county, the city of Statesville.”

The county bought the eight-acre Grannis Lane property and the YMCA building for $425,000 at the beginning of the year.

The Barium Springs YMCA closed its doors on Dec. 15 and transferred its services to the Statesville location on Wesley Drive.

The recreation center had a soft opening in January where people could participate in group exercise and use the basketball court.

In the last few weeks, it moved in exercise equipment and began offering full services.

Mallory said the county’s investment in the recreation center was symbolic of a turning point for the county - from a rural one to a more urban one where there’s more of a demand for government investment in services improving residents’ quality of life.

He called the county’s first recreation center an anchor for it to provide more services than the gym facilities. Those include the soccer field, a future connection to the Iredell County Fairgrounds and the county’s parks and recreation office, which is relocating across the street.

“This is an opportunity to continue on the next journey to provide great quality-of-life services,” Mallory said, then added with a smile, “at a low tax rate.”

In July, the county plans to buy 19 acres of wooded property between the recreation center and the Iredell County Fairgrounds for $165,000. It also plans to purchase an adjoining nearly one-acre lot and house for $75,000.

Adult memberships are $25 a month or $275 a year. For a family of up to three, the cost is $32 a month or $350 a year.

Discounts are available for youth, seniors, military personnel and first responders.