After-Hours REC Center Access
One of the goals for the St. Joseph REC Center is to offer fitness opportunities to the entire community. However, the center was the only fitness facility in St. Joseph that did not offer after-hours access to the fitness room. Due to the set hours, staff felt they, in a sense, were pushing potential members away, but had no other choice.
The REC Center has been open for a little over eight years. During this time, staff heard repeatedly from potential members they would love to join the REC Center, but the hours did not work with their schedule. Some preferred to work out in the early morning hours before they went to work, while others worked late and were not able to get in before closing time. They would find other facilities to better meet their needs.
Staff finally got the green light to start the process of offering after-hours access. Additional security cameras inside the fitness room and outside the building were installed. More lighting was added along the walkway and outside the access door. A card reader lock was added to the access door. A water cooler was installed as there isn't a water fountain inside the fitness room.
In just the first week of offering the after-hours access, old members who left came back and many new members joined which is very encouraging. Fitness is an ever-changing field and staying on top of new trends is a priority. By offering this benefit to members, it is one way to stay ahead of the curve. The hope is more people will find time to work out which in return will lead to a healthier community. For more information about after-hour access, call the REC Center at 271-5512.