More fitness studio space for classes will soon be added at the Allan and Jean Millar Centre.
Town Council this week at their Policies and Priorities Meeting accepted the recommendation for a project that would convert the squash only court to a second fitness studio boutique.
A recent study by the Community Services Advisory Board found that the squash/racquetball courts are not always fully booked but the lone fitness studio is often at capacity, resulting in classes spilling into the fieldhouse.
Council noted that the remaining squash/racquetball court would still be able to accommodate bookings and use. In the event that the demand increases for more court use and the fitness centre use decreases, the conversion can be reversed to go back to the way things were originally.
Mayor Maryann Chichak says the new studio space will be a good addition for facility users.
Chichak said the fitness centre boutique is in line with current trends and will cater to what users are looking for and expect in a facility.
The total cost for the project is $33,142, with most money coming from sponsorship or reserves. The 2019 Pembina Fitness Centre sponsorship is funding $10,000. $15,142 is coming from the 2019 AJMC Sponsorship Reserve, which currently sits at over $176,000, and $2000 for the project is from recovered funds from the sale of 8 life-cycled Keiser bikes. The remaining $6000 will come from the 2019 Annual Operating Budget.
Once the project gets full approval through a motion from Council at their next meeting, a request for proposals can be sent out to start the project in the near future.