Iredell County Parks and Recreation Department shows off recreation center
Iredell County Board of Commissioners Chairman James Mallory had the honor of cutting the ribbon at the Iredell County Recreation Center on Wednesday.
BY KARISSA MILLER
Iredell County officials christened the newly renovated Iredell County Recreation Center Wednesday morning.
After purchasing the Barium Springs YMCA, the county upgraded the rec center by installing new tile and rubber flooring, applying fresh paint, and buying new exercise equipment.
During a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Parks and Recreation Director Michelle Hepler said the new recreation center is designed with the Troutman community in mind. She hopes residents will take full advantage of the facility.
“I want to thank everyone for being here this morning. It’s truly an honor to have so many smiling faces and have so many people here to support our team and to support our department, and our mission,” Hepler said.
She expressed her appreciation for everyone who has worked to make the transition a success, personally thanking Emily Watson and Matthew Selves for helping clean the building when it was time to open the doors. She also mentioned the Parks and Recreation board members Rob Jackson and Commissioner Marvin Norman.
Wednesday’s ceremony attracted dozens of Iredell citizens of all ages. Guests toured the facility and enjoyed cake and other light refreshments and snacks.
Evan Flury of Troutman, a former YMCA member for 14 years, said the recreation center’s refresh is great.
The center has exercise activities for the entire family.
“My son comes and plays basketball upstairs and my daughter comes and does cardio with me. And my mom has been coming with me three days a week in the morning,” Flury said.
“The hours allow me to come more often and having the facility open on Sunday is awesome. It’s great,” she added.
Mike Rawald, who works from home, said he likes that the recreation center is close to home, has new equipment and the staff is friendly.
He comes to the center and uses the free weights, cardio machines and row machines. He is looking forward to the addition of evening spin classes, which are currently offered in the morning only.
“I can’t get up at 5:30 in the morning and do that,” Rawald said.
Within the first week of the Recreation Center opening there were 208 visits, 48 silver sneaker memberships and 65 individual memberships.
On March 4, the facility began offering childcare, which is now available from 5 to 7 p.m.
The room has lot of toys for older and younger children.
Before the ribbon was cut, County Commission Chairman James Mallory said, “This is a big change for us. A change for the better and in the right direction.”
Mallory explained that when the opportunity arose to partner with Children’s Hope Alliance to purchase this building and surrounding grounds, the Board of Commissioners took it.
“This facility gives us an anchor for the future,” Mallory said.
The location includes a gym, a soccer field and another 18 acres of land that has room for expansion, he added.
The Parks and Recreation administration office will be located in the home beside the recreation center, which makes it centrally located.
The state-of-the-art fitness center includes a gymnasium, group exercise, personal training, youth programs, adults’ programs and community programs and events and seasonal pool. The pool is slated to open May 25, 2019.
The Recreation Center Manager is James Huffman. The center is located at 122 Grannis Lane, Statesville. Memberships are available online and at the facility. Drop-in passes are $5 per day.
Monday - Thursday: 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 6 p.m.