As the Wiesbaden Fitness Center nears its 10-year anniversary this June, the staff is gearing up to re-open its primary cardio area after extensive renovations to repair the effects of water damage last fall.
“The water damage — as bad as it was — provided us with an opportunity to improve our weight room floor, create a functional fitness center (and make other enhancements),” said Kevin Ringgold, Wiesbaden Sports and Fitness manager.
“When the Wiesbaden Fitness Center opened in June 2006, the state-of-the-art facility was designed for people to work out in a climate-controlled environment,” Ringgold said, explaining that the temporary creation of the Fitness Center Annex provided an immediate relief to the closure of the fitness center during repair work, but it was never intended to be long term — not having the same air conditioning, showers and other features.
After more than $700,000 in repairs, patrons will benefit from new flooring, remodeled cardio space, improved Wi-Fi and enhanced ventilation systems.
“We really have a great facility that is admired throughout military installations in Europe (and exceeds the standards for funding and square footage),” Ringgold said. “I think our patrons should rest assured that we’ll provide the proper spacing for the equipment and that the functional fitness facility will remain open (for at least a year) until a more permanent home is found for that aspect of the overall sports and fitness program.
With the planned grand re-opening of the workout space in the Wiesbaden Fitness Center May 9, community members will find a host of brand new cardio and strength equipment — plus reduced fees on group fitness classes.
Where patrons formerly paid $5 for a single ticket, $45 for a book of 10 tickets or $80 for a book of 20 — they will now pay $4 per class, $30 for a book of 10 tickets or $50 for a book of 20 tickets.
For more information about classes, programs, upcoming sporting events and other aspects of Wiesbaden Sports and Fitness, visit http://wiesbaden.armymwr.com/europe/wiesbaden/programs/clay-kaserne-fitness-center.