Presque Isle’s William Haskell Rec Center is now completely demolished. The building was constructed in the 1940s as a United Service Organization club.
The city of Presque Isle bought the building in 1946, turning it into one of Maine’s first municipal recreation centers. William Haskell became Presque Isle’s first recreation director and held the position until his retirement in 1981. He passed away in 1986 at the age of 73. One year later, the building was renamed in his honor.
The new Sargent Family Community Center, which opened in Fall 2016, replaces the William Haskell building. The gym in the new building is dedicated to Haskell.
Late last Fall we created a high-resolution 360 degree panorama inside the old building to help preserve it for historical purposes. You can view the panorama here: http://crownofmaine.com/members/panorama/william-haskell-rec-center/