New Fitness Center Opens in Collier
Township-operated gym has numerous equipment and a sauna
Collier Township’s new fitness center opened this week and municipal officials are hopeful it will become a workout hub for local residents.
The gym located on the former military Nike missile site opened Tuesday and is designed to cater to people looking for casual workouts. The facility has three treadmills, an elliptical machine, stationary bike, stair-climber, heavy bag and five pieces of lifting equipment.
Commissioner Tim Young, who was watching over the facility Wednesday morning, said word about the new workout center is creeping around the community. The military left some of the workout equipment behind and the township also has received equipment and monetary donations from the community.
The building has a full locker room with working showers. There is also a sauna that can be activated by volunteers supervising the facility.
“A guy who came down here the other day was pleasantly surprised,” Young said. “But right now, we have to get people aware that it’s open.”
Collier Parks and Recreation Director Bob Caun said the facility was in relatively good shape despite sitting unused for a year. However, Caun added that workers had to fix some pipelines and thoroughly scrub the carpets.
“It’s growing slowly,” Caun said. “The Army always kept it in good shape. We’re just trying to maintain that and build on it.”
Caun said he is pleased with the progress and is excited about more improvements on the way. Caun thinks the township will be able to do even more to spruce up the building once the federal government officially hands over the property early next year.
“It’s nice to see things come together, but it will be nicer when the (deed) transfer happen,” Caun said. “We really don’t have control yet. They’re letting us use the buildings until the transfer happens. Then you’ll really see the progress.”
Anyone interested in joining, donating equipment or volunteering can contact Caun at 412-279-2525 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A six-month membership for a resident costs $60, with a family membership costing $140. Non-residents must pay $85 for six months or $180 for the family fee. People can also pay for single-day uses.