A few finishing touches remain, but that doesn't dim Ginna Paules' excitement about the town's new, soon-to-open Recreation Center, which will house the Beanery teen center on Old Dam Road.

"I'm just so pleased," said Paules, a program coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department. "I just think it's a beautiful facility"

The former Nike site building that housed the previous teen center was demolished and rebuilt through a public-private partnership with Fairfield Indoor Tennis, which operates the tennis bubble on the property during the winter.

FIT demolished the old building, and the structure built in its place is shared by the Recreation Department and the tennis center. Tennis operations are located at one end, next to the tennis courts. The Recreation Center and Beanery are at the other end. In the middle are bathrooms for those using the par 3 golf course across the street.

With the new center, Paules said, programs for children, teens and adults that were limited when held at the department's offices on Mill Plain Road, now have a new home.

A tentative schedule has fitness, yoga and toddler programs slated for the morning hours, and middle school drop in programs in the afternoon and early evening on Fridays. Friday nights are reserved for teen events and on Saturdays and Sundays the facilities can be rented for $200 an hour. Alcohol will not be allowed at any functions, including private rentals.

Paules said she as already received numerous calls about renting the center for parties.

The main room, left open to allow flexibility in scheduling, includes a small stage area. Flat-screen televisions will adorn the walls in the game room. A small kitchen, that includes a serving window, features a refrigerator, sink and microwave. A smaller conference room is also available.

A ribbon-cutting for the center will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, followed by a Family Fun Dance at 6 p.m., sponsored by the Town Youth Council and the Parks and Recreation Department. A $3 donation per family will benefit the council's scholarship fund. Reservations are required; call 203-256-3191.