Box Elder’s newest fitness center is now open

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BOX ELDER, S.D.–  Two years of planning and hard work reached fruition Thursday as Box Elder cut the ribbon on its new recreational and fitness center, the Black Hills Energy Liberty Center. Over 100 people were on hand for the grand opening of the Liberty Center with an open house following the ribbon cutting.

The facility offers top of the line exercise equipment inside a spacious gymnasium. Management will be handled by the YMCA which offers a child watch service while parents use the facility.

While the Liberty Center is open to one and all, it was designed to help fill a need for the Air Force personnel whose previous exercise building is going to become a hangar with the oncoming arrival of the B-21 stealth bomber.

Executive Director of the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority Scott Landguth says, “The Air Force came to the authority with a need and that was that their their current track, their current facility where they do all their physical training was going away. It was going to be a hangar again. So our mission was to make sure we’re a great place for the Air Force. And we came up with a plan and and this is the result.”

The Liberty Center was made possible through a $6.5 million grant from the Department of Defense and another $3.2 million from the state. Developer Dream Design International and Pennington County also supported the project through Tax Increment Finance (TIF) bonds.

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Q&A with South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority Executive Director Scott Landguth:

  • How does it feel to be opening the new Black Hills Energy Liberty Center?


  • How was the process of getting the Liberty Center built?


  • What does the new Black Hills Energy Liberty have to offer?


  • How does the Liberty Center fit the mission of the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority?
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