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Published July 13, 2011, 08:47 PM

New Entertainment Center in Center Court Building to Have Laser Tag, Paintball and More

The Center Court Fitness building will have a new owner and become a play facility for youth. The owner hopes to bring something new to the area.

The Center Court Fitness building will have a new owner and become a play facility for youth. The owner hopes to bring something new to the area.

Laser tag, paintball and trampolines are just a few of the things that will replace tennis courts and workout equipment at Center Court Fitness.

"One of the things that we're going to try and do is we're going to have about three courts of trampoline park and those are just trampolines that are together in succession," new owner Bryan Lee said.

Lee will be manager of what will be called the Northern Air Family Entertainment Center.

Northern Air will pay $550,000 for the building and already has plans for the space, including obstacle courses, inflatable bouncy castles and birthday party rooms.

"We can design our things that we're going to have in the entertainment center around the features at Center Court," Lee said.

Park District officials are happy with the sale, since the facility will still be used for recreational reasons.

The Park District will pay off the remaining $250,000 mortgage with that money and use the rest to help with the Choice Health and Fitness Center.

"We happen to think with their business plan with the recreational items that will be in there will be great for Grand Forks and especially middle school age kids, but all kids, kids of all ages. It's going to be a nice fit here in this community," Park District director John Staley said.

There will also be a room for parents to watch as their kids play, a feature that Lee hopes will involve the whole family.

"That's really our goal. To create a high-energy, fun-filled atmosphere for kids of all ages," Lee said.

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