Kremmling shcools throw weight behind community fitness center |

Kremmling shcools throw weight behind community fitness center

With the closing of the Kremmling’s only fitness center, the West Grand School District and local groups have banded together to open a new one.

After “Country Core Fitness LLC” located at 214 E. Park Avenue closed late last month, the West Grand School District stepped forward to offer the use of its old district office as a new community fitness center. That office building is located behind West Grand High School.

“We want to convert the old district office into a wellness center so that it can be used by the community and staff members,” said Superintendent Jeff Perry. “We will be working on these renovations this Friday.”

Named the “West Grand Community Wellness Center,” the new fitness center plans to officially open Monday, April 7.

“There will still be some work to accomplish, but we can get most of this work finished by that date,” Perry said. The first-phase of renovation includes painting, drywall, hanging mirrors, removing divider walls and re-carpeting.

The district was able to offer the building as the new wellness center because the district office has moved to a new location. The West Grand School District Office is now inside the new West Grand PK-8 School, which opened in mid-January.

The new West Grand Community Wellness Center will have most of the weight-lifting equipment and other exercise gear from Country Core Fitness.

“We were able to purchase virtually all of the equipment of the old wellness center for $10,000,” Superintendent Jeff Perry said.

Perry emphasized that while the district will own both the building and equipment for the new wellness center, none of the money for the purchase of the exercise equipment or the building’s renovations is school funds.

“It is important to note that this entire project is currently being funded with grant money,” he said.

The $10,000 needed to purchase the exercise equipment was provided by the West Grand Community Educational Foundation and the Coordinated School Health Grant, which provided $5,000 apiece. In addition, the town of Kremmling has made a $1,000 contribution to the project.

“We have submitted two other grants which we hope will enable us to finish all of the renovations and purchase some additional equipment,” Perry said.

Once these grants are received, work on the second phase of the project could begin, including the installation of a shower and changing room, and the purchase of more exercise equipment.

After it opens April 7, the West Grand Community Wellness Center will be one seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. The building will be secured with proximity locks with card readers.

Use of the wellness center will be by membership. It is open to all 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.

The annual membership fee is $50, which will help pay for utilities and repairs.

Members must agree to help with cleaning and maintaining the building.

The center’s weight room will not be supervised by a monitor. Perry described it as a “self-regulated” facility. However, security cameras will be installed “to record behavior and to prevent vandalism.”

Details on registering for membership are still being worked out. An announcement on where and how to register are expected next week.

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