In case you missed working out at the Recreation Center at Eastridge over the past month and a half, the facility is once again 100 percent open, and better than ever, says Ken Joseph, HRCA operations and programs manager.
Crews spent a couple weeks between Aug. 23 and Sept. 7 replacing the floor in the gymnasium and the entire facility was shut down from Aug. 26-31 for annual maintenance. From Aug. 25 until Oct. 7, however, gym-goers were unable to use the cardio room, weight room, climbing wall or running track, as the facility underwent its first extensive renovation of those areas since its opening in 1997.
“We are very excited to reopen the renovated cardio/weight area at the Recreation Center at Eastridge,” Joseph said. “Since our opening on Tuesday (Oct. 8), we have received a continuous stream of positive feedback and comments displaying a high degree of appreciation from our members.
“This is a prime example of how efficiently assessment dollars are put to work to improve our facilities for the benefit of the community.”
The budget for the project, which also included the renovation of the men’s and women’s showers at Northridge, was $275,000, and Joseph said they stayed very close to budget after paying the final project invoices.
The renovations included renovating the existing game room and converting it into a circuit training center with new equipment and a new stretching area. The cardio area boasts a new design featuring 13 additional machines for a total of 37 pieces of equipment, 14 of which are new. The area also has new rubber flooring, four new 65-inch televisions, a new cardio theater system, and a new reception desk.
Additionally, the running track has a new layout, including specialized areas for spin bikers and rowers where two new 50-inch televisions have also been installed. And finally, the climbing wall was cleaned and new routes were designed on the wall.
This next year, Joseph said, the HRCA will be focused on implementing the Energy Savings Initiative as a result of the McKinstry energy audit.
“However, moving forward to 2015, we hope to update the Recreation Center at Northridge,” he said.