A groundbreaking ceremony for a $7 million county recreation center was held March 12 in Whitesburg. The 42,000-square-foot structure will include a six-lane bowling alley, an arcade, a walking track and an exercise area. Three sideby side basketball courts, a climbing wall and an enclosed batting cage are also planned. Construction could be completed by spring 2011. Among those breaking ground at the ceremony for the recreation center are recreation board members Nick Whitaker, Claude Little, Freddy Johnson, Joan Ward, Kyle Smith, Berma Matthews, Howie Mason and Samuel T. Wright IV. Pictured from left are Letcher District Judge Kevin R. Mullins, Whitaker, Whitesburg City Council Member John Williams, Little, Johnson, District One Magistrate Bob Lewis, Whitesburg City Council Member Sheila Short, Whitesburg City Council Member Frieda McFall, Joan Ward, Smith, State Rep. Leslie Combs, Jim Scott with the Letcher County parks and recreation advisory council, Matthews, Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward, Mason, District Two Magistrate Archie Banks, District Three Magistrate Codell Gibson, State Senator Johnny Ray Turner, Jenkins Mayor Charles Dixon, Samuel T. Wright IV, Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright and Letcher County Parks and Recreation Director Derek Barto.