Health and Rec raises rates
A lifetime (membership) gets more expensive
Steamboat Springs — For the first time in 10 years, the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center is being forced to raise its lifetime membership price.
The one-time fee went up today from $275 for an adult to $400. A family lifetime membership jumped from $550 to $800. The non-profit health club also decided to increase its daily rates it charges to non-members. This daily price increase would affect mostly visitors and tourists.
Despite the price increases, Director Pat Carney said Steamboat’s Health and Rec is still the best deal in Colorado.
“Looking at the health clubs in Glenwood Springs, Vail, Aspen and Denver, we were under all of them even with this increase,” Carney said.
In fact, current lifetime members won’t be affected at all. For example, the annual rate for a family with children will stay at $285 a year, or about $23 a month. New lifetime members will also be paying these rates.
“For what people get here, it’s a bargain,” Carney said.
The rec center has been operating since 1935. Members get the use of three hot mineral spring pools and one lap pool; dry saunas; tennis courts; locker rooms; weight and workout rooms that include free weights, bikes and treadmills.
Other paid services are offered like personal training, yoga, babysitting and massages.
The rec center’s all-volunteer board decided they needed the extra money to help balance the budget.
Carney said huge gas bills, a tight employee market, and a slow winter really dipped into the center’s operating funds. New pool improvements also took a big chunk of cash from the rec center’s capital projects fund.
Carney said the public may not realize how much the rec center does for the community.
“We operate without help from anyone or the city,” Carney said.
In fact, the Rec Center gives discounts for social services, childcare facilities and offers scholarships for swim lessons. The public schools are also allowed to use the pool for free for its spring and fall classes.
“It’s the large tourist groups that help us to keep the price down,” Carney said.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Real estate transactions totaled $42,885,400 across 51 sales for week of Sept. 17 to 23.