Health and Rec raises rates |

Health and Rec raises rates

A lifetime (membership) gets more expensive

— 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.

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