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Fitness center opens at Washington County Senior Center

Training in the new SeniorFit centre.
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The newly renovated Washington County Senior Center gymnasium is now open, but its future depends on additional funding. The SeniorFit center officially opened on May 30th.

The Washington County Commission on Aging, the nonprofit group that owns the senior center, remodeled a 2,000-square-foot garage for the new gym. The senior center’s main building had a small room with some fitness equipment.

The new building has 24 pieces of equipment including treadmills, exercise bikes and fitness steppers. Seniors aged 55 and older can use the gym five days a week after undergoing safety training.

The center has more than 1,300 active members, according to a county news release. Before the renovation, classrooms were filling to capacity and there were waiting lists for the use of exercise equipment, the county said.

Training in the new SeniorFit centre.

The gymnasium, along with the Aging Commission and other programs, are supported by federal, state or local funds or through direct donations.

In July, the commission will have to make tough choices about how to cut costs unless it secures additional funding, said Amy Olack, the commission’s CEO. As the cost of living goes up, so does the cost of running a building, Olack said.

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