Health and Rec Center offers massage, swimming, water slide, workout center and more

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The facility, at the intersection of Third Street and Lincoln Avenue, offers exercise classes, hot springs-fed pools, massages, workout equipment, a snack bar and other amenities.

People can spend all day at the health and recreation center, Assistant Director Jeanne Gillaspie said. Visitors can use the child care service and start early in the morning by taking class, getting a massage, dipping in the hot pool and working out in the fitness center. The afternoon can be spent with children in the hot pools and slide.

"If you have been skiing hard for three days, it can be a good place to spend part of that day off," Gillaspie said.

The wintertime brings in about 500 out-of-town visitors per day with the biggest attraction being the three hot pools and 350-foot water slide. The mineral water in the pools, which are spring fed, are an added bonus.

The three hot pools range from 98 to 103 degrees. There also is a 25-yard lap pool maintained at 82 degrees. The water slide is heated to 100 degrees and dumps riders into a heated pool. The water slide is open from 4 to 8 p.m. during the winter season.

The health and recreation center also has a fitness center with weight machines, free weights, stationary bicycles, treadmills, cross-trainers, rowing machines, Stairmasters, a versa climber and lifecycles.

The center offers daily exercise classes including yoga, spin, Pilates and water fitness.

And for those who are sore after putting time in on the slopes, the center provides therapeutic, rejuvenating, deep tissue and soothing massages.

"On your day not skiing -- and for the non-skiing -- you can treat yourself to a spa day," Gillaspie said. "You could take a yoga class, soak in the pool and get a massage."

All-day access to the three hot pools and lap pool is $8.50 for adults, $5 for those ages 13 to 17 and $3.50 for children and seniors 65 and older. Ten rides on the water slide cost $5 and general admission must be paid to use the water slide. The fitness center is $15 per day, including use of the pools and one aerobic class. The cost for a massage is $35 per half hour and $60 per hour.

The facility is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Sunday. During the winter season the lap pool closes at 8:30 p.m.

Visitors may want to call ahead to see if the water slide is open, to check if spin classes are happening or to make a massage appointment. The center's number is 879-1828.

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