The Muskingum Recreational Center located on the OUZ campus introduced its first phase of opening today.
The fitness side of the facility opened it’s doors to members of the previous Genesis Lifestyle and Fitness Center, as well as over 300 donors that helped to make the new facility possible.
"We have our exercise floor open as well as the locker room area, steam rooms, saunas, they’re open. We don’t have the pools open yet. So our lap pool and our activity pool we’re still waiting on some inspections for that " said Beth Chapman, Executive Director. "
Executive Director Chapman says they hope to have the pools open to members by the end of the week, but is very satisfied with the new equipment, renovations, and overall feel of the new building.
"What I love about this facility is just the openness of it. There is a lot of natural light. We’ve brought the outside in through our natural light and all the windows, so it’s really nice to be able to see the out doors while your inside working out or walking on the track.We’ve added a lot of cardiovascular equipment, new peices and new manufactures of equipment. So we have a wide variety of different types of cardio equipment, as well as strength training equipment."
Individuals from Ohio University-Zanesville, Genesis Healthcare System, Muskingum County Community Foundation, and The Muskingum Family came together to form a partnership and work collaboratively to finally make this Aquatic/Recreation Center a reality for the community.
The Muskingum Recreational Center will be open to the general public starting monday March 31st. The second phase will be completed at the end of April and will include the gymnasium, new basketball, volleyball, and events arena.