Carin Kelly and her family moved to Williston, North Dakota, from Arizona after her husband Travis accepted a job working in the oil and natural gas industry. “I wasn’t sure what to expect,” she admitted. But the entire family now feels at home in the “growing community with small-town feel,” Kelly said.
They often spend time at the new Williston Area Recreation Center. The facility – known as the “ARC” – is the largest city-owned recreation center in the United States. In addition to traditional exercise equipment, sport courts and playing fields, the 234,000-square-foot center boasts a golf simulator, surfing simulator, indoor waterpark with a lazy river, and indoor batting cages.
It’s no stretch to assume that the substantial tax revenue generated by the boom funded construction of the $70 million facility; oil and gas extraction and production taxes paid totaled $3.25 billion in 2014, accounting for 54 percent of all taxes collected.