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Kent Parks & Recreation opens new fitness center with ribbon cutting ceremony

By Lance Lysowski correspondent

KENT:  Members of the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Jerry Fiala officially marked the opening of the Kent Parks & Recreation Fitness Center on Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Located on West Main Street in the former TLC Wine & Liquor shop, Kent’s newest fitness center features hardwood floors, a stage for class instruction and more additions are on the way.

Nancy Pizzino, Recreation Supervisor for Kent Parks & Recreation, said that free-weight equipment will be added to the 4,000-squre foot space, but for now, the facility is focusing on offering several fitness classes at a low-cost to citizens of Kent.

“We are just so happy,” Pizzino said.  “We have been running classes for the past 18 months at another location, and with the move here, we have not lost a single member.  We are just thrilled to finally have the space open.”

The center will operate seven days a week with several classes already underway; including Zumba, Silver Sneakers for senior citizens over the age of 60, muscle conditioning classes, kick boxing and yoga. 

The cost for dropping in to take one of the classes is $5, but the yoga classes beginning on Aug. 6 will cost $12 for drop-ins.  The Fitness Center is also offering membership rates at a low cost. While the classes are strictly geared toward adults, changes will come in the coming months.

Pizzino said the Parks & Recreation Department will add fitness classes for children, as well as new equipment that will be installed sometime in the fall. 

For a complete monthly schedule of fitness classes offered, click here.