MINTURN — The town broke ground on a multi-million dollar fitness center at Maloit Park Monday amid the applause of 80 to 100 excited stakeholders.
And despite the fact that World-Cup athletes will make use of the facility, stakeholders in the new Minturn Fitness Center project include anyone and everyone, as the high-level facility will be open to the general public.
“Imagine it like an regular, open-door rec center, only about as state-of-the-art as you can get,” said John Cole, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s human performance director.
If everything goes to plan, the new fitness center will be open in about eight months, a testament to how smoothly the partnership between Ski and Snowboard Club Vail and the town of Minturn — which made the idea a reality — has went thus far.
“It started as the school district, the town and even Battle Mountain at one point, but most recently the partnership has been between SSCV and Minturn, and I think everybody’s very pleased how well we’ve been able to work together to make it happen,” said Jim White, Minturn’s town manager.
Minturn and Ski and Snowboard Club Vail are each contributing $1 million toward the project, with Minturn’s portion coming from funds that had been locked up in escrow dating back to the Battle Mountain development project of 2007.
“When we secured some of those funds, we decided one of the things we wanted to go through with was a fitness center,” White said. “Thanks to the partnership with SSCV, it will be one of the biggest projects the town has ever seen.”
Functional use of space
Cole says he’s learned a lot about wise use of space in his work with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.
“At our facility in Vail, we’re moving 200 kids per day through an 800-square-foot space,” he said.
The new Minturn Fitness Center will be comprised of four main areas, two which will be used more by the club and two which will be used more by the general public.
“One area will have regular, public-use type machines, triple trainers, exercise bikes, etc., and then we’ll have another area with specialized equipment like Olympic racks and pneumatic machines that are more complex in the way that they’re utilized,” Cole said. “But there will be flow between the areas. If you’re a member of the public and you want to walk over and use an Olympic rack, walk over and take it if it’s empty. And the same goes for our athletes — if they want to go use one of the exercise bikes in the other area and there’s no one on it, they may hop on.”
The other half of the facility will be divided between a movement studio where the public will have program options like yoga and Pilates, and a lab, where trainers and athletes will be able to study biomechanics and motion.
“Having non-delineated space allows for freedom of movement in the facility,” said Cole. “It’s a really open floor plan, which is what a lot of rec centers in the valley and even private membership gyms have an issue with is they don’t have as much open space.”