- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines Area Community College is relying heavily on the public to help name its new student activity and community recreation center on its Ankeny campus.

After receiving suggestions from the public in April, the college is putting forth five names from which to choose for the new center, the Des Moines Register reported (https://dmreg.co/1RfB1zF ).

The suggested names are ARCH, or Ankeny Recreation & Community Health; ConneXion Aquatics & Recreation; COR Aquatics & Recreation; Trail Point Aquatics & Recreation; and The Trail Aquatics & Recreation.

College officials explained that ConneXion refers to the connections the facility can make and provide with the community, and the “X” could refer to the word “exercise” or a desired location on a map. COR is Latin for “heart,” and would mean a central interaction point for the community. The “trail” suggestions reference the Ankeny campus’ location near Prairie Trail and High Trestle Trail.

The winning name will be announced in midsummer, college spokeswoman Susan Metheny said.

The activities complex will open in September, and the recreation center will open in February or March. The $38 million project includes an eight-lane competition swimming pool, new exercise and strength-training equipment, cycling studios and a track in the recreation area. The student activity center will include a food court with about 6,000 square feet of meeting space, a black-box theater and a game room.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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