The new weight room, multi-purpose spaces and fitness studio at the City Centre Aquatic Complex opened today (Monday) at 5:30 a.m. after a nine-month closure to modernize the western side of the Coquitlam facility.
The $5 million capital project turned out a brighter and more open atrium and resulted in an additional 1,000 sq. ft. for the weight room that moved from the southern end to the top, where the physiotherapy office used to be.
The weight room — complete with blue and white honeycomb-shaped acoustic panelling on the ceiling to reduce noise — also has four more treadmills and other new machines for workouts.
As well, one of the multipurpose rooms is now converted for up to 20 spin classes a week while the outdoor corner at Guildford Way and Town Centre Boulevard is covered to host programs such as yoga, pilates and Zumba on a sprung hardwood floor.
The renovation is expected to bring in 65,000 more visits a year or $250,000; however, that revenue stream will be offset by $39,000 more to operate the centre plus an additional $213,000 for new programs, facility and support expenses; the city will also lose $76,000 annually from the physiotherapy business lease.
Jennifer Keefe, Coquitlam’s manager of community recreation and culture services, said the construction work was within the budget that was approved by council.
Meanwhile, the concession is due to open in the new year with the same contractor, she said.
To book a workout time, you can visit the City of Coquitlam's website.