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Sprucing things up at the Gypsum Rec Center

GYPSUM — After 12 years as arguably the most popular place in town, some sprucing up is in order for the Gypsum Recreation Center.

This makeover will be more than skin deep as staff look to change both the carpeting and the programing.

"We are going to add some major upgrades that the community is going to love," said Scott Ruff, Gypsum Recreation Center manager. "But what we are most excited about is the value we are adding to memberships."

The $500,000 renovation will feature 24 new pieces of state-of-the-art cardio equipment, a new Synergy 360 station that will accommodate up to 15 users at a time, sports performance flooring in the weight-training area and new carpeting throughout the facility. The town of Gypsum is chipping in $250,000 for the building improvements and Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District is playing for the equipment upgrades.

While the renovation isn't expanding the building itself, it will make better use of the available space. The current upstairs staff desk is being removed and the cardio equipment is being rearranged, freeing up about 1,900 square feet that patrons can use as a stretch area. The treadmills, stationary bikes and elliptical machines will be placed closer to the windows on the west side of the room and rotated to overlook the climbing wall on the east side.

Additionally, a new staff office has been built, tucked away in a corner of the weight-training area.

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"It will almost be like a fitness concierge desk with staff there to help people learn how to use the new equipment," said the WECMRD marketing and communications manager.

Ruff said patrons will be thrilled about the capabilities of the new machines. As they work out on the treadmill, patrons can program the machine to simulate a run through a picturesque locale with settings reflecting the actual conditions. If a patron is more interested in entertainment during exercise, then each machine will be equipped with a video monitor where he or she can watch any one of a number of channels or even tap into a Netflix or Hulu account.

"Your time on the treadmill goes a lot faster when you are watching your favorite show," Robinson said.

Added Value

The new physical features as the Gypsum Recreation Center are just part of this year's renovation. Programming is getting its first revamp since the center opened back in 2006.

Up until now patrons paid extra for fitness classes and child care services at the center. Beginning Sept. 1, fitness classes, child care and the popular Tumble Tots program will be included as part of a center membership.

"It's like when you buy a ski pass. It makes you more likely to go out to ski," Robinson said.

With the extra value added to memberships, the center is increasing its prices for the first time ever. But while the costs are increasing for most users, Ruff noted that youth prices will be unchanged.

Because of the elimination of al a carte charges for classes and child care, Ruff noted that many rec center users will actually pay less than they previously paid.

"Tumble Tots is extremely popular," Ruff said. "It's the first taste of the Gypsum Recreation Center programs for many people and now it will be free with a membership."

Speaking of free options, during the remodel the center is offering free admission for all during the month of August. "We though it was just fair, with the limited hours and all the disruption that's going on during August, to make it free for everyone," Ruff said.

Here's the operations schedule at the Gypsum Recreation Center for August:

Aug. 13 – 19 — Center will be closed to the public. Summer camp programs are not impacted by the closure.

Aug. 20 – Sept. 3 — Center will be open from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The August free admission is not the only deal that WECMRD has on the table. Anyone who signs up for an annual membership by Tuesday, July 31, will pay the old rate but get the benefit of the new comprehensive membership.

For more information, visit http://www.wecmrd .org or call 970-777-8888.