Kremmling community fitness center ready to open |

Kremmling community fitness center ready to open

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

The new West Grand Community Wellness Center in Kremmling is really “shaping up” and plans to open this week.

An open house for the wellness center is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. The center is located in the old school district office building behind (north side) West Grand High School.

“We want to show everyone the exercise equipment that we have here and explain the guidelines for their use,” said Superintendent Jeff Perry. “It’s all basic safety stuff that people need to know. They can also get on the equipment and give it a try.”

Perry explained those attending Tuesday’s open house will also have the chance to fill out membership applications. The annual fee is $50. Membership is limited to those ages 18 and older.

A tour of the center’s building this past Thursday showed how much work had already been done to convert it from a school district office building to a physical fitness facility. Office and divider walls have been removed, the building’s interior walls have been repainted, and the floor is now carpeted.

Into the building’s newly refurbished interior has been placed dozens of free weights of various descriptions. Also several weight-lifting machines, stationary bikes, stairsteppers and other pieces of exercise equipment have been brought in and are now ready for use.

“We’ve gotten a lot of community support for this project,” Perry said. “We started work last Tuesday and we’ve had up to 50 people helping at various times. It became a real community project, which is one of the neat things about living in small town like this. We really appreciate all the people who came out to help.”

Perry explained that much of the wellness center’s exercise equipment was purchased from Country Core Fitness LLC. Other pieces of equipment were donated by Kremmling Memorial Hospital and private individuals.

“We’ve also had some stereo equipment donated that we’ll be hooking up,” he said. “Later on, when we get some grants, we want to install showers and a locker room.”

The reason behind the opening of the new West Grand Community Wellness Center was last month’s closing of Country Core Fitness LLC, which was Kremmling’s only fitness center. To ensure that residents had a place to exercise, the West Grand School District decided to step forward by offering the use of its old district office as a new community fitness center.

The school district was able to offer the use of the building because the district office has been moved to the new West Grand PK-8 School, which opened in mid-January.

While the district will own both the building and equipment for the new wellness center, Perry emphasized that none of the money for the purchase of the exercise equipment or the building’s renovations came from school funds. The funding was obtained from the West Grand Community Educational Foundation and a Coordinated School Health Grant

After it opens this week, the West Grand Community Wellness Center will be one seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. The building will eventually be secured with proximity locks with card readers.

Use of the wellness center will be by membership for community residents ages 18 and older. Students younger than 18 can use the facility, but only if they are accompanied by an adult or receive special permission.

“This is designed as a facility for adults,” Perry said. “Parents and adults need to be aware that a weight room can be a dangerous place. If adults do bring children into the building, they have got to be conscientious about ensuring their children’s safety and preventing them from disturbing other adults using the facility.”

For those local residents who cannot attend Tuesday’s open house, they can still obtain applications for membership at the Kremmling Town Hall or the school district office at the West Grand PK-8 School. Applications can also be obtained by visiting the West Grand School District’s Web site.

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