Steamboat City Council approves Old Town Hot Springs expansion plans |

Steamboat City Council approves Old Town Hot Springs expansion plans

A rendering shows what a new fitness center area will look like at Old Town Hot Springs.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Old Town Hot Springs is eying April 2 as the start date of a major renovation project that will allow the recreation facility to host more classes and improve the workouts of locals and tourists.

"We are excited because we know we're cramped upstairs, and we would like to do a lot more programming, more youth programming, senior programming and programming for different groups and nonprofits in town," Hot Springs Marketing Director Nick Esares said Friday. "Our group exercise schedule is very full, and there are new programs we'd like to try out."

The planned addition of 15,000 square feet of new space should also create a better fitness center, Esares said.

"If you've ever tried to get on a treadmill at a certain part of the day, that can be very difficult," he said. "It's no secret Steamboat is getting more tourists, and more people are moving here. The population is ever-increasing, and if we want to maintain the ability to provide meaningful health and wellness experiences, we know we need to expand."

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday gave a unanimous thumbs up to the expansion and renovations plans that were submitted to the city's planning department.

They only had one question.

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When does the work start?

Esares said the groundbreaking for the fitness center expansion is scheduled for April 2.

He added the Hot Springs has secured $3 million of the $6 million needed for the entire renovation and expansion project.

Fundraising efforts are ongoing, and the city has also pledged $286,000 of lodging tax dollars toward the project.

"There's some caution because we still need donors and community support in order to make the renovation successful," Esares said.

The expansion plans include such things as a new two-story climbing wall and additional workout and training spaces.

The project will also update the current building with new siding, windows, and a roof that will eliminate falling snow and ice.