Erin Wilson excited for changes coming to city's fitness centre

Some significant changes will be coming to the Estevan Leisure Centre’s fitness centre in the near future.

“Our committee has already gone through and done an inventory as to find what we actually have in the facility right now and what we think from talking to users as to what we should add to what’s already existing,” said Erin Wilson, program manager for the City of Estevan.

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“I think the importance of these changes is that we are showing that we are listening to our users. We want to provide a quality facility for any and all individuals who come to work out and we think these changes will really help us accomplish that.”

The changes are coming due to feedback from a town hall meeting in the multipurpose room in May that saw a fitness centre committee struck.

“The committee is our commitment made to the residents and fitness community, by providing a modern fitness and recreation facility,” said Wilson. “Their goal is to serve the athletic and recreational needs of the entire community and are committed to continuing to work with the community as we move forward in bringing this vision to life.

“Some of the changes will be happening in the coming months, while others will take a longer time to implement. “We’re really in the process right now of seeking out quotes from different organizations,” said Wilson.

“We want to make sure that we match the right price with the right quality so we can really make the most of the budget and give our users the best experience.”

The committee is also looking at other ideas brought forward by the community and invite input sent to Wilson at e.wilson@estevan.ca.

Wilson noted some smaller items like benches have already been received and added into the gym, but it will take some time to receive and implement all of the new equipment.

“It’s slow right now, but it’s slow for a reason. We want to make sure we’re taking our time and not just buying whatever we think people want,” said Wilson.

“One of our key messages is really the importance of individuals voicing what they would like to see. It doesn’t mean that we can guarantee to acquire all of the things people want, but we want to make sure we’re heading in the right direction for everyone who gives us feedback.

Wilson added that in the future more town hall-style meetings might be held, if it’s apparent that they are of use, and members are able to get their ideas across.

“Although we don’t have anything planned for the future right now, I definitely hope that people remain involved,” said Wilson.

“We’re trying to do our best to be transparent and show people that we are really listening to them and taking their input seriously.”

 

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