By Christine Bryant
A new fitness and aquatic center in Reynoldsburg is on target to open this summer.
Methodist ElderCare Services will open the new facility at its Wesley Ridge Retirement Community campus, where residents will have access to a pool, fitness gym and exercise studio at the more than 12,000-square-foot building.
The Harcum Fitness and Aquatic Center also will be open to the community at large, allowing area residents to enjoy the same benefits, said Dawn Schaffner, chief operating officer for Methodist ElderCare Services.
Contractors broke ground at the site, located at 2227 Taylor Park Drive adjacent to the retirement community. Schaffner, who is overseeing the project, said the company looked at adding another dimension for supporting residents, employees and the community after a similar fitness facility at its Wesley Glen campus in Clintonville was a success.
“We see the benefits the residents have received having it there,” she said. “Plus it’s great to be able to offer a wellness center for folks in the community, especially an older population who doesn’t feel comfortable going to a gym.”
The $4 million facility will include a four-lane lap pool, juice bar, lounge area, educational classroom and locker rooms. A full-time wellness coordinator who is also a fitness trainer will be stationed in the center as well, Schaffner said.
The pool will be a plus for those who want to exercise, but have trouble on standard equipment.
“The water is so beneficial for those with knee issues to be able to get into a pool and run,” Schaffner said. “It’s amazing to see how water has benefitted our residents on the Wesley Glen campus.”
Using the fitness center will be free for Wesley Ridge residents, and the company will give employees an option to join for a minimal cost. Community members can purchase a monthly membership fee that is yet to be determined.
“The community cost will be an affordable amount, and we also will offer a reduced fee for lower income folks,” she said. “We will assist if necessary.”
Though operating hours are still uncertain, Schaffner said the facility likely will open early in the morning and stay open into the early evening. Construction of the facility may also bring new jobs to the city, with a full-time receptionist needed to greet visitors and additional positions as enrollment increases.
Incorporated in 1967, Methodist ElderCare Services is a not-for-profit corporation. For more information, call (614) 396-4990 or visit methodisteldercare.org.