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Windsor Community Recreation Center expansion ribbon cutting will show off new classes and facility features

James Redmond
jredmond@mywindsornow.com

Windsor's Community Recreation Center expansion opening next week will bring a handful of brand new fitness classes for members to enjoy in addition to a host of new facilities and equipment.

After the ribbon cutting Saturday and grand opening ceremonies running through Sunday, recreation center staff and instructors will start teaching a weekly schedule stuffed with about 40 free fitness classes. Because of the expansion all members and daily users get access to five new classes, said Windsor Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture Eric Lucas.

The new pool, with its lap lanes and lazy river, offers opportunities for aquatic classes, but other programs such as Jodi Smith's Body Pump class offer something new for land lovers.

A Les Mills program, Body Pump offers a choreographed barbell class set to music and focusing on major muscle groups with something to offer everyone. Smith, a certified Body Pump instructor, used to teach the class in North Carolina but had to stop when she moved to Windsor about six years ago. Nowhere in Windsor offered the classes.

“For those looking to get their feet wet, aqua walk and aqua pump offer a range of resistance exercises.” Eric LucasDirector of Parks, Recreation and Culture

With the new expansion Smith will get to return to teaching what she calls one of her best classes, and it will be the only BodyPump class in town, she said.

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"I'm super excited," Smith said. "Out of all the fitness classes I've ever taught, Body Pump was always my favorite and I saw the most results from it, as far as tone and shape and strength… It's so fun because everyone can do it."

Those not interested in Smith's class, or looking to take advantage of even more of the new fitness instruction opportunities, can check out the center's new indoor cycling class and 'revive,' a low intensity strength, endurance, balance and flexibility training course, said Lucas.

For those looking to get their feet wet, aqua walk and aqua pump offer a range of resistance exercises, he said.

With the expansion, the recreation center will start offering personal trainer services for an additional fee.

During the festivities following the ribbon cutting, staff will be giving fitness class demonstrations in addition to the tours, Lucas said.

When this weekend finally gets here and the expansion opens, expect large crowds, staff doing their best to sign up folks for memberships. But people can go ahead and sign up now before the ribbon cutting, and Lucas recommended doing just that to avoid the crowds and lines he expects to see during opening weekend. Recreation center staff has already had great success in helping a number of people and their families get signed up for a membership, he added.

Still, the first few weeks might stay quite busy, Lucas said, and staff have been working hard to prepare for the opening and early crowds.

"It's really coming together now," he said. "We're super excited. I can't wait."

Community Recreation Center expansion celebration

The town of Windsor will hold a community celebration for the Community Recreation Center’s new 40,000-square-foot expansion from 3-6 p.m. Saturday.

The celebration will include:

» 3 p.m. — Official ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the main entrance with an address by town officials

» 3:30 p.m. — Dedication of the aquatic center on the pool deck

» 4:15 p.m. — Dedication of the Tot Lot Playground with members of the Windsor Rotary Club

» 3:30-6 p.m. — Facility open house with class/program demonstrations every half hour, a photo booth, giveaways and prizes and building tours

The expansion nearly doubles the existing facility’s footprint and includes:

» Lap pool, lazy river, activity pool, zero-depth entry with play structure, water slide and hot tub

» Elevated running track

» Designated open gym

» Locker rooms

» State-of-the-art fitness and weight equipment

The Windsor Community Recreation Center will be free and open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Memberships and use fees will begin Monday. Memberships can be purchased in person at the Community Recreation Center, 250 N. 11th Street, or by phone at (970) 674-3500. For more information, visit http://www.windsorgov.com/memberships.

Beginning Monday, the Community Recreation Center will open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, and Noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. The pool will close one hour prior to the rest of the facility.

For more information about the Community Recreation Center expansion project and fall class offerings, visit http://www.windsorgov.com/expansion.

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