Steamboat Springs While speaking with my son, Tim Bishop (principal of Steamboat Springs Middle School), I was informed that Steamboat Springs is considering the building of a recreation center. Durango now has a recreation center that required bringing it to the voters on two occasions. The second vote narrowly passed, but the resulting Community Recreation Center has been of great benefit to our area. The center was opposed by various private gyms and training centers, but ultimately no mortal damage was caused. Many of the people now using the recreation center did not have memberships in these private gyms anyway. What has been surprising is the use of the center by senior citizens. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon finds many seniors using the indoor walking/running track and the various exercise machines The recreational pool and current pool are also very popular with the seniors. The lap pool is used all day by many people. The Masters Swimming program practices four times per week in the early morning and two times in the late afternoon. There are probably nearly 40 adults registered in this program. The Durango age group swimming teams use the pool for training and for multi-team swimming meets. Swimming lessons and other programs are provided throughout the year.
The recreation center has both a "Kid's Club" six days a week and child care. The gym is used by young and old alike with volleyball, basketball, police academy training and more, as well as a great deal of open time for youths and adults. After school, the gym becomes quite busy.
The exercise studio is filled each day from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. with a multitude of classes too numerous to list here. The spinning classes in the winter are so popular that people arrive 30 minutes early to get a bike.
One aspect of a recreation center that did not occur to me during planning was to include meeting rooms. These rooms have really filled a need of the community. One day I counted 12 different organizations using the rooms. From a Rotary Club to a chess club to celebration of birthdays, etc. Again, I will not list all the uses, but the access to these meeting rooms has meant a great deal to the people in the city. A special hallway has been devoted to exhibition of works of art by local artists. The artist is given ample wall space for one month and no month goes by that these walls are not used.
The Community Recreation Center is a huge source of pride to the area and is one of those places that we take our guests to see during their visits. I am sure that Steamboat Springs would find the same satisfaction with a recreation center as Durango has found.
David W. Bishop, M.D.