Wednesday, November 18, 2009

BCRD plans to expand fitness center

Hailey facility will offer vast array of activities

The Blaine County Recreation District plans to renovate more than 8,000 square feet of its space in the Community Campus to create a full community recreation center complete with weights, cardio equipment, indoor cycling, gymnasium, fitness studio and youth offerings. The district announced that it hopes to complete the project by next summer with renovation and design to begin as soon as possible.

Since 2005, the district has been leasing 27,000 square feet of space in the Hailey building, which is owned by the Blaine County School District. Some fitness activities, such as yoga and spin classes, are already conducted there.

The district stated that the expanded fitness facility would be available to the entire community but would be especially beneficial to families, seniors, teachers and College of Southern Idaho students who value the convenience of the location. The project has come about through a partnership among the recreation district, the school district and CSI.

Rec district Executive Director Jim Keating said the cost of the project is estimated to be between $250,000 and $270,000, and will be split between the recreation and school districts. He said plans are for CSI to donate some equipment.

The district stated that overall plans seek to more fully realize the potential of the Community Campus as a south valley community center and complement the array of diverse offerings there.

"We are so excited to continue work on this project," Keating said. "This is another step to recycle existing space and create more recreational opportunity at the Community Campus."

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