Two years – almost to the day – after the groundbreaking on Jan. 5, 2017, the Island Recreation Center will open its doors Jan. 7, unveiling the Carmines Recreation Building.

The Town of Hilton Head provided $13.2 million for the renovation and expansion of the Rec Center, while Hilton Head People for Parks raised $1.2 million dollars to upfit the buildings.

The official ribbon cutting will be held at noon Jan. 31.

The addition is named the “Carmines Recreation Building” to commemorate the long-standing partnership and support of the DMC Foundation. The Carmines family founded the DMC Foundation in honor of their late son and brother David McGee Carmines.

The Island Recreation Association and DMC Foundation have partnered for more than 10 years to produce community events. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised for Carmines Family Recreation Scholarship Fund, Gullah Institute, Coastal Discovery Museum and others.

From Jan. 7 to 14, the new building will be open free of charge. Patrons can use the gym, walking track, and cardio and strength equipment. Paid memberships begin Jan. 15. For more information, visit islandrec