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12/23/2013 7:05:00 PM
Fitness center scheduled to open in January
PARK BOARD PRESIDENT Randy Hill (pictured) and board members Tom Glenn, Dave Melhorn and  Paula Windom have rolled up their shirt sleeves to help with a renovation project at the fitness center at 315 N. Water St. The facility was formerly a private business; the Island Park District is taking over and operating a fitness center, and will now have spaces for programming.
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PARK BOARD PRESIDENT Randy Hill (pictured) and board members Tom Glenn, Dave Melhorn and Paula Windom have rolled up their shirt sleeves to help with a renovation project at the fitness center at 315 N. Water St. The facility was formerly a private business; the Island Park District is taking over and operating a fitness center, and will now have spaces for programming.
While their motivation to open a new fitness facility in mid-January has as much to do with finances than anything else, the timing will be perfect for those who want to get to work shedding those extra holiday pounds.

The Wilmington Island Park District Board of Commissioners met last week to discuss an equipment lease - including weight machines, free weights, treadmills, steppers and bikes - and to pick out rubber mat and carpet flooring for the 8,000-square foot building. The board members didn't approve the equipment lease, but expect to be able to have the flooring installed and equipment set up in time for a mid- to late-January opening.

The district's plan is for the fitness center to be funded by monthly membership fees, room rental fees and program fees. Read more in the Dec. 25, 2013 print and online edition of The Free Press Advocate.



Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, December 23, 2013
Article comment by: VT

The big question is will a semi-finals gym generate the required income that a long term lease demands at the cost of $5k/month. The previous tenants had plenty of their own problems with maintaining the facilities, but now that a government entity has taken over all facilities must be up to code and ADA compliant. While the idea of greater park district services are appreciated, I can't see the demand of the general public for a mediocre gym facility. Gym enthusiasts will find the limitations not worth the reduced rates.

Posted: Monday, December 23, 2013
Article comment by: DQ

I don't understand why they would rent a building that has no maintenance in over 15 years wait till summer and the sun is radiating threw the front windows and they get there first 600.00 electric bill and what ever you do don't turn on parking lot lights there on a demand meter that's 200.00 a month alone...they would have been better off building a new building on the park district property. ..




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