The Rockland Recreation Center could reopen by early April after seven months of construction to breathe new life into the 75-year-old community building.

The new gym floor has been installed and new locker rooms have been built where the racquetball courts had been located.

Two finishing coats are being applied to the new floor. The floor needs to dry for 10 days before the retractable bleachers can be installed, said Recreation Director Rene Dorr. The bleachers will be located on the west side of the building where the old locker rooms were located.

The city has spent $661,000 on the recreation center since it was closed in mid-August for repairs. A sprinkler system was installed, a new boiler was installed and an underground fuel tank was replaced.

The Rockland City Council voted on Feb. 1 to apply for a Preserve America Historic Preservation Fund Grant to pay for half the cost of a $33,000 study aimed at taking a comprehensive look at the building, including its ventilation. The city would have to pay for the remaining cost of the study.

City Manager Rosemary Kulow said March 15 that a decision on that grant is expected in late spring or early summer.

The recreation center/community building was built in 1935 by laborers hired as part of the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression.