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Mark Russell Recreation Center in Hampton Cove nearing completion

The new rec center will have two courts, a weight room, and a special needs playground.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Construction is coming along on the Mark Russell Recreation Center in Hampton Cove.

About two years ago, the City of Huntsville purchased the land and got to work. They're spending about $6 million on the 26,000 square foot facility.

It will have two courts, a weight room, and a special needs playground. There will also be two multi-purpose outdoor fields and a walking trail.

It will be the first recreation center for east Huntsville.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said, "It's very exciting to be able to do this, especially on the eastern side of the city, which we've been looking for a place for something like this for the last 10 to 20 years, because we've known with the growth that we're having here that we need to have recreational facilities."

Crews hope to have the rec center completely done by November.

WATCH: City officials talk more about the Mark Russell Rec Center

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