Renovation of Family Central’s gym and fitness center was recently completed Ashe County Director of Parks and Recreation director Scott Turnmyre said Tuesday.
A new red oak, tongue-and-groove gym floor was completed in August, and a full complement of weights and fitness equipment was installed three weeks ago, Turnmyre said.
“This is the kind of wood you’d see in a million dollar home,” he said. “It’s got a lot of character.”
Ashe County-owned Jones Hardwood flooring of Mountain City built the new floor, overlaying the existing floor, which was laid in 1960. With a two-inch-thick sub-floor supporting the original floor, the new floor will be exceptionally stable and durable, he said.
The gym also has new equipment, including height-adjustable basketball goals, wall padding, a volley ball net and two pickleball nets. Color-coded lines lay out three court activities: red for basketball, white for volleyball, blue for pickleball.
A steel-framed sheetrock wall now separates the stage area from the gym, replacing the large proscenium curtain. A batting cage was installed in the room created by the wall.
The revamped gym offers an attractive new venue for games and tournaments in the area, he said. Addition of new retractable bleachers is being considered for seating up to 300 people.
New fitness equipment at Family Central includes plate and free weights, leg press, rowing machines, step aerobics machines and treadmill, a wide-screen television for the cardio room and several wall-mounted sanitary wipe dispensers.
The cost for all work and equipment totaled approximately $70,000, Turnmyre said, adding that the renovation project used Ashe County contractors and retailers wherever possible.
Family Central’s gym and fitness center are free to the public. Hours are 8-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10-6 p.m. Saturday.