Reminderville -- From toddlers to seniors to all mobilities in between, the new $5.1 million Reminderville Athletic Club at Glenwood Boulevard and Liberty Road offers a unique blend of country club and commercial.
The two-story, 44,000-square-foot facility features a 5,000-square-foot fitness center open 24/7, a suspended 3-lane track overlooking two basketball and volleyball courts, a "Splashpad" for the kids and a pool.
But it's the center's versatility and personal touches that make it unique -- from the USB and charging ports in the women's locker room to the more than 350 individualized, virtual instruction programs in the 24/7 workout area, said Mayor Sam Alonso.
"Instead of something institutional, we offer something a little different," he said. "We wanted this to have more of a country club feel to it."
As workers sanded the floors on the hardwood courts Sept. 20, Alonso and other village officials offered a tour of the nearly-complete complex.
The fitness center is now open, and the remainder of the building will be open by next week, officials said. An open house is planned Oct. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. with giveaways, prizes and tours.
"I've been here since day one of construction," said Village Council President Mario Molina. "I don't know what the 'wow' factor is for others, but I don't know if I was this excited when I bought my first house."
Although specific programming is still being discussed, Recreation Director Adam Apinis said "there is nothing the center cannot offer. It's a full community center. It's enriching, educational, sports and physically-oriented and community-oriented all in one."
Cost of the center, which will employ two people full time (Apinis and a programming director) and 20 to 25 people part time (lifeguards, latchkey workers and program instructors), was about $5.1 million.
The project will be funded through an $11.6 million (principal and interest), 25-year bond with the Development Finance Authority of Summit County, approved in April 2015. The principal on the debt is $7.1 million.
THE LEASE-to-own agreement calls for the village to pay nothing this year, $260,000 in 2017 and $447,000 per year until 2041, at which point the village could purchase the rec center and land from the DFA for $1.
Alonso said he expects to pay the lease through membership and basketball league fees, room rentals for group meetings and celebrations, and possibly naming rights.
"I'll name a bench if somebody wants to pay [for it]," Alonso said during construction this spring.
A Silver Sneakers program is planned for the center, which will pay the membership fee for seniors enrolled in nearly 70 Medicare health plans.
Alonso said it was important to design the center with an eye toward a younger age group, too.
Nearly 50 children and families have already signed up for a latchkey program, which will provide child care in a large, open room with bean bags, interactive toys and carpeted floors.
There will be a Vortex Splashpad, a zero-depth aquatic play area that sprays, jets and mists water. Children can sit on rocks of various sizes and shapes while water collects in a shallow pool.
"We asked Remind-erville officials, 'What is Reminderville? What are your needs?'" said architect / athletic club designer David Pontia, of Pontia Architecture in New Albany.
The basketball courts will feature separate entrances and exits allowing spectators and league players who are not members of the center to come and go as they please.
The 4-foot pool will include a section for free-swim or water aerobics and one with three current machines for fitness walking, swimming and hydrotherapy.
Alonso said he is aware of other fitness and recreation choices in the area, including the Twinsburg and Solon fitness centers.
He said he hopes to attract members from Aurora, which doesn't have a city-owned recreation center. "I think it's amazing," Alonso said. "This is every bit of what I envisioned."
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