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Community center welcome addition in Jefferson County

September 25, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - How about a cardio kickboxing class to give your heart a workout?

Or a few laps around the indoor track, some time on a treadmill or a game of hoops in the new gym?

All that and more is available to local residents at the newly opened Jefferson County Community Center in Sam Michael's Park along Job Corps Road.

The community center opened Sept. 16 and features amenities like a workout room, a gymnasium, a nursery and meeting space.

Jefferson County parks officials said the community center was needed because they did not have an indoor facility for their programs, meaning that parks officials had to rent space for classes.

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Even then, some parents took their children to other nearby cities because space was limited for classes like gymnastics, parks officials have said.

Now, parks officials have their own space to offer programs like cheerleading, basketball, baseball and volleyball clinics and courses in youth gymnastics, dance and martial arts.

For daily fees up to $2, residents can come to the gym to play basketball, walk on the indoor track or use fitness equipment.

Groups can lease half of the gym for $30 an hour or the entire gym for $60 per hour, said Joshua Dailey, who was working at the center Sunday night.

Dailey recommends that individuals wanting to play basketball call the center first to make sure no groups have leased it.

A meeting room at the center can be leased for $30 per hour and a nursery adjacent to the meeting room can be leased for $25 per hour, Dailey said.

The two rooms can be leased for $50 an hour, Dailey said.

That can be attractive for groups such as homeowners associations wanting to have meetings at the center and needing a place for child care, Dailey said.

The center also has its own preschool program, Dailey said.

The center, which cost nearly $2.8 million, also offers classes in beading, pottery, pumpkin painting and special holiday events.

Charles Town resident Gina Diehl rented half of the gym for her son's 13th birthday Sunday night, and the boy and about 15 of his friends were running up and down the court enjoying some basketball.

"It's like the most needed thing in Jefferson County ever," Diehl said of the center. "It's just a great facility," said Diehl, who said she is thinking about using the indoor track for walking.

The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, call 304-728-3207.

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