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2014-09-10 / Front Page

Aquatic and Fitness Center revamped

by NAOMI SPENCER
Editor


 Tonawanda resident Howard Boswell use the new Cybex multi-station weight unit at the Town of Tonawanda Aquatic and Fitness Center. 
Photo by Jim Smerecak. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Tonawanda resident Howard Boswell use the new Cybex multi-station weight unit at the Town of Tonawanda Aquatic and Fitness Center. Photo by Jim Smerecak. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com High-definition televisions and a sauna room outfitted with aromatic cedar wood are just two of the many improvements recently made at the Town of Tonawanda Aquatic and Fitness Center.

The facility, located at 1 Pool Plaza, features an Olympic-size swimming pool and sees on average 7,000 visitors per week, said aquatic director Mike Piciulo.

The facility closed down for two weeks this summer, with the pool closing first and the fitness room second. Both reopened for full use on Aug. 25, said fitness director Andy Page.

Members who return to the Aquatic and Fitness Center, which is operated by the Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks and Recreation Department, will notice improvements throughout the building.

“We’re hoping people see we’re committed to keeping up with the times,” said Piciulo, gesturing to the people working out in the fitness room. “We’re here. We’re not going anywhere.”


Lara MacDonald enjoys the new sauna at the Town of Tonawanda Aquatic and Fitness Center on Friday afternoon. It’s one of the facility’s many new improvements. 
Photo by Jim Smerecak. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Lara MacDonald enjoys the new sauna at the Town of Tonawanda Aquatic and Fitness Center on Friday afternoon. It’s one of the facility’s many new improvements. Photo by Jim Smerecak. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com The fitness room was rearranged to create more space, with a new area for stretching and a roomier area for weightlifting, Page said.

Six new, larger HD televisions were added to the room, something that many people requested, said Page. Patrons will notice four new treadmills, two new bicycles and — the biggest addition — a Cybex multi-station weight unit, a piece of equipment that cost nearly $20,000.

Some of the old equipment, Page said, was donated to the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District. Additionally, a TRX suspension trainer wall mount was relocated.

“It’s been favorable,” said Piciulo of people’s reactions to the changes. “They’re still getting used to the new layout.”

Some of the improvements are less noticeable, such as the resurfacing of the locker rooms and tile and shower-head replacements. Many of the improvements included routine cleaning and maintenance, such as replacement of light bulbs and patching on the bottom of the pool.

Those who use the sauna will notice that it was completely gutted and replaced with cedar wood.

“You can really smell the fresh cedar,” said Page. “It’s kind of cool.”

Few facilities feature not only a pool but also a sauna, whirlpool and steam room, a combination that attracts many people to the Aquatic Center, said Piciulo.

Both directors noted that although many new fitness clubs are opening in the area, membership numbers at the Aquatic Center are holding steady.

“It’s a community place,” said Piciulo, adding that people who use the facility feel invested in it. “People who come here stay here. They take pride in it.”

Hours of the Aquatic Center are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the pool area opening at 6:30 a.m.; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 876-7424, or visit the town’s website at www.tonawanda.ny.us.

email: nspencer@beenews.com

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