Air hockey

Drew Almquist, left, and Parker Abrell, right, play air hockey during the Youth Armory Project open house. 

What was once known as a military grade armory will now be a place for teenagers and kids to learn, grow and play. 

Armory Youth Project, 555 First St. in Manistee, was the place to be Monday afternoon as the youth center hosted an open house for the community and opened its doors for the first time. 

The former armory building has space for ping pong, pool, air hockey, a full gymnasium for basketball, offices for counseling and educational services and big, open rooms for recreational activities of all sorts. 

“It’s been a huge team effort. Working around the clock, putting together every detail,” said Kelsey Carpenter, public relations director for Armory Youth Project.

Formerly the 12th Street Project, the Armory Youth Project (AYP) purchased the property at 555 First St. in Manistee in late 2016, with the goal of converting the space into a community youth center. 

Read the full story in the Tuesday print and e-Editions of the Ludington Daily News.