Efforts started as long as 20 years ago to raise funds to build an indoor skating facility that would service the coastal towns of Camden, Rockland, Rockport and surrounding communities in a 30 mile radius. The efforts fell short, but the enthusiasm did not die. The dream became reality in late 2001. Four generous families joined together to provide funding to build a multi-purpose, state of the art recreation complex conveniently located in Rockport.
In October of 2010 those same four families donated the facility to the public. MRC was established as a 501c(3) nonprofit public charity.
Our mission remains simple but meaningful: "Mid-Coast Recreation Center, Inc is a nonprofit committed to the promotion of healthy living in our community through sports and fitness programs." MRC sits on a 27-acre campus off of Maine Route 90 about 6 miles west of Camden. Not visible from the road, it is reached by a winding driveway that leads to a spacious parking lot. The area has been beautifully landscaped and presents a welcoming entry way to the center of the two principal buildings, the ice arena and tennis courts.
You walk in to a spacious main lobby detailed with ceramic tiled floors and tongue and groove wainscoting. One side of the lobby leads to a quiet lounge, sectioned off by a breast high wall, equipped with plush furniture, dim lighting and a gas fireplace.
There are 4 indoor tennis courts coated with a 10 layer "Plexipave" surface. There is a Pro Shop, two large locker rooms, and large windows on the second floor to view the courts from above.
To the left of main lobby you leave the ceramic floor and step onto a "Mondo" product rubber floor which is carried through the rink side of the facility. There is a snack bar, an arcade and an elevated seating area with large picture windows that look into the rink.
The rink is an 85'x 200' NHL sized surface and seats 300 spectators. The floor is concrete with sub floor heating. Commercial Refrigeration installed an ammonia system equipped with Mycom compressors and sub-floor heat and for energy management purposes both the chiller barrel size and condensing unit size was upgraded. A reflective low emissive ceiling was also put in place. Becker supplied and installed the dasherboards and tempered glass. Rounding out the rink are five player locker rooms and two referee locker rooms all equipped with in-floor radiant heat, and a Zamboni was the resurfacer of choice.
Mid-Coast Recreation Center, Inc. also houses a 1800 sq ft personal training studio and a childcare & preschool center, and two studios, with a hardwood floor made from Maine grown trees, with Yamuna classes, Tai Chi & Essentrics Classes and Dance Classes (Rockport Dance Conservatory).
With a goal of attracting young people to the facility for sport and recreation, MRC supports our local youth organizations: Skating Association of Maine (SAM), Maine Coast Skaters Association Youth Hockey (MCSA), Camden Hills Regional High School Hockey (CHRHS), Ice Cats Region High School Hockey and the Junior Tennis Development Program. MRC is also proud to bring local schools to the facility at no charge though a program called the Skating Tennis Education Program (STEP).
Mid-Coast Recreation Center, Inc. located in Rockport, Maine brings a full-size, indoor ice arena and four indoor tennis courts to the Mid Coast area. MRC will provide year 'round access to the sport of tennis, seasonal access to ice skating and dry space activities, for all ages and skill levels! Both the arena and tennis center offer a full range of development programs including lessons, clinics, classes and leagues. All programs are open to the public.
Mid-Coast Recreation Center (MRC) is located on Route 90 just east of Route 17 in Rockport, Maine.