By Amanda Ensinger
The Prairie Township Community Center continues to see membership increase and visitors return as it offers more services.
At a recent trustees meeting, Prairie Township Community Center Director Michael Pollack gave an update on the center.
“In December, we had 5,330 members; 30 percent are residents and 70 percent are non-residents,” Pollack said. “We also have had 83 new memberships since our last report.”
The center has seen success in group fitness, sports and swimming classes.
“We have been picking up with enrollment numbers,” Pollack said. “It is very encouraging. We still are not where we were before the pandemic, but definitely busier and we have seen many familiar faces coming back to the center.”
Pollack said bringing back activities like swim lessons have helped. In fact, Pollack said lessons are so popular, they have added extra classes to accommodate new students. Other classes recently brought back include volleyball, basketball and karate.
The center is only allowing five students per class when previously they allowed eight students.
“We are still at 50 percent of where we were at a year ago at this time,” Pollack said. “We are not offering day passes or other activities we used to offer.”
The center’s director said until guidelines are relaxed by the state, they will be in a holding pattern. If capacity guidelines are changed, the center would allow more people to come in.
The center is not allowing birthday parties, open gym for basketball and other activities previously offered.
“Once the vaccine rollout progresses, we will continue to make adjustments as guidelines change,” said Pollack.
Officials hope to add more activities by April.
“We have to make sure our staff and members are protected,” Pollack said. “We still have people who are hesitant to come back and want to see what measures we are taking to make sure they feel safe.”
There are no plans to raise prices.
“We prefer not to, we want to make ends meet, but we want to make it affordable for people to join our center,” Pollack said. “We increased prices a few years back and don’t have plans to do that again right now. If we start increases prices, we will ultimately lose people.”
For more information on activities at the community center, visit www.prairietownship.org.