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Reminderville Athletic Club offers something for all ages, abilities

Uniquely furnished 44,000-square-foot center set to open in coming weeks

by Andrew Schunk | Editor Published: September 28, 2016 12:00 AM
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Reminderville -- From toddlers to seniors to all mobilities in between, the new $5.1 million Reminderville Athletic Club at the corner of 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 kiddos 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, says Mayor Sam Alonso.

"Instead of something institutional, we offer something a little different," Alonso 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.

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"Our fitness center is now open and the rest of the building will open by next week," Apinis told the Twinsburg Bulletin on Sept. 26. "We will be having our big [public] Open House on Saturday, Oct 1, from 5-7 p.m. There will be giveaways, prizes and tours."

Membership information and key fobs are available by calling the Reminderville Municipal Center at 330-562-1234.

"I've been here since day one of construction," said Reminderville 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," Apinis said. "It is enriching, educational, sports and physically-oriented and community-oriented all in one."

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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 program with the Development Finance Authority of Summit County, approved in April 2015. The principal on the debt service 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 fees, basketball league fees, room rentals for group meetings and celebrations -- possibly even naming rights for the center.

"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 different Medicare health plans.

Alonso said it was important to design the center with an eye toward a younger age group, as well.

Nearly 50 children and families have already signed up for the 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. Here children can sit on rocks of various sizes and shapes while water collects in a shallow pool.

"We asked Reminderville officials, 'What is Reminderville? What are your needs?'" said architect and athletic club designer David Pontia, of Pontia Architecture in New Albany, Ohio.

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 a section 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 nearby 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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