Proposed Indoor Community Recreation Complex

Bismarck residents will have a question on the June 9 ballot to increase city sales tax by one-half cent to fund construction of a indoor community recreation complex. The one half-cent sales tax will sunset (that is stop) when the bonds to finance up to $108 million in costs to construct the complex are paid in full. In addition, a capital campaign committee will work to raise a minimum of 5-10% of the project cost.

Here is some information about the proposed Indoor Community Recreation Complex. If you or any community group have questions about the proposed indoor community recreation complex and are interested in a presentation to learn more, please email

The core components of the proposed Indoor Community Recreation Complex are:

  • Six tennis courts (with room for future expansion).
  • Five pickleball courts (with room for future expansion).
  • Four racquetball courts.
  • An indoor turf field for soccer, lacrosse, baseball, football. softball, and open play space for family activities.
  • Gymnastics space.
  • An ice and multi-purpose arena (with room for future expansion) with seating for 2,500. The surface could be used for non-ice activities like roller skating, roller hockey and community events
  • Two gymnasiums (with room for future expansion) for basketball, volleyball or family activities.
  • A walking track with both level surfaces and an “adventure track” with changing elevations.
  • Group fitness space; cardio and weights space.
  • Community rooms for meetings, group gatherings, educational opportunities, crafts, cards and conversation.
  • An indoor playground.
  • A climbing wall.
  • Concessions/coffee shop.
  • Outdoor features include a playground, trails, natural areas and could include additional tennis courts and a splash pad.

This proposed complex would replace the features at the Capital Racquet & Fitness Center as well as provide for other community needs.

Here is some additional information about the proposed Indoor Community Recreation Complex

  • Presentation: This presentation gives the background of community discussions and surveys, shows the complex features, potential sites, budget and sales tax comparisons from other cities in North Dakota.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: This info sheet breaks down commonly asked questions about who, what, when, where and why of the proposed Indoor Community Recreation Complex.
  • Facilities Master Plan and Feasibility Study: This info sheet is a timeline of how the proposed Indoor Community Recreation Complex conversation started and progressed.

Want to go deeper into the background?

This is the Facilities Master Plan, which studied four Bismarck Parks and Recreation District facilities. This planning process included information gathering, public input sessions, a statistically valid community needs survey of Bismarck residents, as well as an open survey that anyone could take. The survey asked about a new indoor multi-use center and what amenities could be included, as well as how to pay for such a facility.

More questions were asked through an additional study, a Feasibility Study, which was conducted to further understand the issue, have additional public input, present conceptual plans, determine construction costs and an operations budget, and look at potential locations.



Other Links

  • KFYR News Story from 1-29-2020 
  • City Current is a radio program about Bismarck Mandan City Commission actions and department activities. It is hosted by Dakota Media Access. The one half-cent sales tax discussion begins at approximately 6:17 in this link.