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$750K expansion OK'd for Medina Community Recreation Center

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    Richard Mack, of Medina, works out at the Medina Community Recreation Center on Wednesday on the ab-crunch machine. He said he works out two to three times a week.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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    An architect’s rendering of the new Medina Community Recreation Center’s projected new fitness center. City Council must approve the project for it to move forward.

    PHOTO PROVIDED

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MEDINA — The Medina school board approved a $750,000 expansion project for the Medina Community Recreation Center at Monday’s special meeting held at the high school.

The next step in the process will be for Medina City Council to take a vote on the proposed expansion.

Once the project has received final approval, the city will work with an architect on formal drawings, which will be presented to both sides for final approval.

The next Council meeting is scheduled for Jan. 14. Council Clerk Kathy Patton said there’s a possibility Council could set a special meeting just to deal with this issue.

After almost three years of discussion on the 4,836-square-foot project, recreation center Director Mike Wright said he is happy the project could be coming to fruition.

“I would like to personally thank the Medina City School Board for passing the expansion project … also, (Medina) Mayor Dennis Hanwell, Superintendent Aaron Sable, Assistant Superintendent Kris Quallich, and the Rec Advisory Committee for all of their efforts,” Wright said Wednesday.

“The school and city partnership continues to be a great asset and we look forward to this opportunity to make the rec center even more of an asset to our community.” 

The recreation center is a partnership between the city of Medina and Medina Schools. The school district owns the building, and the city operates the facility.

Both sides have to approve the project. Wright said it will be funded with carryover funds — money left over in the budget from the previous year.

The expansion will add a CrossFit-like fitness center that would house functional training equipment, such as kettlebells, free weights, climbing ropes and suspension trainers.

The cost for the building will about $626,000, with another $80,000 to $100,000 in equipment.

There would be no costs to the district for utilities, custodial service or any fitness equipment, a news release said. The exception would be the increased insurance costs on the additional space, which would equate to approximately $300 per year.

Should both the school district and city agree on the expansion, a lease agreement will need to be amended to reflect the additional space.

The project would be outlined in an addendum agreement to be signed by both parties should the project move forward.

“This has been a collaborative effort between the district and the city with good, lively discussion between both parties in an effort to reach agreement,” Sable said in a statement. “This will bring additional benefits not only to our community but to our students as well as we do use the facility largely for some of our physical education classes.”

The school board and Council will also be reviewing the joint operating agreement, which covers the operations of the facility and division of costs associated with the operation of the facility to make adjustments where necessary.

The addition could help the rec center retain membership and add more clientele.

“We want to keep the members that we currently have,” Wright said. “And, (we’d like) to attract new members.”

Wright said the recreation center would be more competitive with several private gyms that have opened in recent years.

He said the recreation center has between 8,500 and 9,000 members.

It is not known when construction would begin.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.


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