Grand opening for new Church Hill Fitness Center set for Saturday

Jeff Bobo • Jul 10, 2008 at 12:00 AM

CHURCH HILL — Expect a healthier, more physically fit Church Hill populace in coming months with the grand opening Saturday of the new Church Hill Fitness Center.

The public is invited to attend the grand opening Saturday at 9 a.m. at the new fitness center located on the side of the building which is also the home to the new Church Hill Public Library and future Senior Center.

It was part of the Church Hill Board of Mayor and Aldermen’s $600,000 plan which includes purchasing the old IGA grocery store building and extensive renovations. The new library faces Highway 11-W, the future Senior Center will face Main Boulevard, and the fitness center is at the side.

Bert Powell has been hired to manage the fitness center with the assistance of two part-time employees, Melissa Roberson and Bill Dorton.

“Saturday is a special day, it’s our grand opening, and we’re going to have some refreshments, the mayor’s going to cut the ribbon, and then we’ll be open,” Powell said. “We’ll be open until 9 p.m. Saturday, and after that it’s Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; 9 to 9 on Saturday, and we’re closed on Sunday.”

The facility was built with taxpayer dollars, and it’s the taxpayers who get the best deal for membership. Church Hill residents can use the fitness center for $20 per month, although it’s free to members of the Senior Center.

People who live outside of the Church Hill city limits are welcome to use the club as well, but they will be charged $35 per month. That’s still much less than a person will pay for membership to a commercial health club, Powell noted.

“There’s no contract to sign with us and they can pay month by month or pay annually if they want to,” Powell said. “There’s no deposit or anything like that up front. There’s one place up toward Kingsport that’s $300 deposit up front and you have to sign a two-year contract.

“It’s an inexpensive opportunity to utilize an array of modern fitness equipment that is in really good condition.”

Half of the facility is devoted to free weights while the other half has a variety of weightlifting machines, as well as the stationary bikes, steppers and treadmills.

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