January 26, 2006

Fitness Center Hosting Open House For Grand Opening Of New Gym

Organizers have added another jewel to the crown of what has become a huge success story for the community. The Scotland County Fitness Center will recognize its latest achievement this Saturday with an open house to mark the grand opening of the facilityís new gymnasium.

The 70x100 building was constructed this summer. The new facility includes a regulation size 60x84 basketball court. In all, there are six basketball goals installed in the gym, which includes a roll-down curtain that can be used to separate the gym in half to allow two games to be played at one time.

Members of the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce will be at the Rec Plex on January 28th at 10:30 a.m. to perform the official ribbon cutting for the addition to the fitness center.

Following the festivities, the center will host a baked potato bar in the kitchen from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Throughout the day, guests will receive tours of the new facility. The board has opened the entire fitness center to the community for free the entire day, including use of the gym as well as the weight room, exercise equipment and the walking track.

In addition, guests will have the opportunity to purchase one-year memberships to the Rec Plex with a 10-percent discount on that day only.

Construction of the new gym began over the summer of 2005 and marked the completion of a more than three-year project. It was officially kicked off back on September 27, 2002 when then Governor Bob Holden announced that the fitness center had been approved for its second Neighborhood Assistance Program. On that date it was revealed that the facility would receive $287,000 in state tax credits to offer in exchange for donations to the new gym.

The organization completed its second fundraiser utilizing the NAP program. The first generated the funding to purchase the existing property.

The new gym will allow the fitness center to begin offering basketball leagues as well as team play in volleyball and dodgeball. Teams are forming for menís and womenís basketball as well as several other activities.

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