The rec center has been re-named the Rec At Seventh Square.
The building was closed for eight months of renovations.
"We did an eight month renovation, everything from outside, the roof, to new exterior work, and all new interior work has been redone," said Doug Seegers, Parks and Recreation Director for West Monroe.
New additions include new scoreboards, new handicap accessible bleachers with double the seating capacity, and a new court floor used in Olympic training facilities.
The new cardio workout center features new machines and soon -- a flat screen TV for entertainment while working out. For life safety, video monitoring is set up in the exercise areas in case a problem arises.
The city's parks and recreation director says they put a modern spin on the original building.
"We're basically as new a building as an old building can be," said Seegers.
Even the restrooms are redone and a modern A/C and heating system has been installed.
Monroe resident Matthew Cooper said he has been coming to the rec center for 26 years, and is surprised by the changes.
"Since I've come back it's just awesome, totally different," he said.
Other new features coming to the center -- yoga and aerobics classes, and a new rubber walking track on the second floor overlooking the court.
Still in the works is a gated entrance to provide more security, and black vinyl fencing on the second floor balcony.
For more information, call the Rec at Seventh Square at 318-388-0260.
The new cardio workout area.