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The Laughlin Health Building is now open to the public at no charge Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., and 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. (Photo by Brad Stacy)

After months of discussions and multiple entities working out a contract they all could agree to, the Laughlin Health Building on the campus of Morehead State University is now open and fully functioning as an indoor recreation center at no cost to the public.

The “new-to-the city” facility hosts four basketball and volleyball courts, a racquetball room, batting cages, classroom space, mirror room, and meeting rooms.

The location at 100 University Boulevard is open to the public at no charge Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., and 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

“This project is really going to give the city new avenues of recreation the city has never had,” said Matt Hamilton, director of Morehead Parks and Recreation. “Not with just youth sports, but senior citizens and so many others. This community is very susceptible to recreation right now and we have a great staff in place. We encourage all citizens to check out this facility and use it as much as they wish.”

Morehead Parks and Recreation has transitioned all of its offices to Laughlin and can be reached for scheduling and reservations at 784-8686. An online calendar for scheduling will soon be online.

Although there is no charge to use the facility, facilities can be rented and reserved for specific events.

Costs are:

• Basketball/volleyball courts – ½ court is $25 for two hours, 1 court is $50 for two hours

• Weekend Tournaments – Saturday and/or Sunday is $500 a day, $800 for two days

• Racquetball room - $25 per two hours

• Batting cages - $25 per hour, per cage

• Classroom space - $25 per two hours

• Mirror room - $50 per two hours

• Meeting rooms - $100 per day or $30 an hour

• Sports camps (exclusive use of first floor) – 1-2 days, $750 per day; 3 days, $2,000; 5 days, $3,000.

• Exclusive use of first and second floors – Friday from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m., $500; Saturday from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m., $1,000; Sunday from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m., $1,000.

The lease on the 59,234-square-foot facility began on May 1 but officially opened on July 8.

The agreement between the city and Morehead State lasts until June 30, 2021, and would be automatically extended for two 24-month periods under the same conditions. There is no extension beyond June 30, 2024, except by entering into a new agreement.

Due to both being governmental agencies, both have the right to terminate the agreement with at least a 30-day written notice.

Both the city and county are splitting the yearly lease of $25,000.

Additional charges will include utilities (to be determined) and nearly 100 parking places (about $1,000 a month).

Limited parking is available on the west side of the facility. However, more than 75 parking spaces are available across Main Street from Laughlin that are reserved specifically for the recreation center.

For all things Morehead Parks and Recreation, visit their Facebook page at, “Morehead Parks and Recreation Dept.”

Brad Stacy can be reached at bstacy@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.