Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Salvation Army Reveals Community Center Vision

Salvation Army Reveals Community Center Vision

$12 million center opening targetted for Fall 2011

Salvation Army PhotosSUISUN CITY — The old community center near Hall Park will be reborn in 2011 as an inspirational center for total wellness in the heart of Suisun City.

The Salvation Army’s goal is simply to redefine the term ‘community center’ with a facility unlike any other in the region to provide a place where lives will be transformed in body, mind and soul.

The City Council sold the facility next to Hall Park on East Wigeon at Pintail Drive in December 2009. Renovations began shortly thereafter, but halted when The Salvation Army committed even more resources to the project resulting in an upgrade to the entire concept.

In October, Salvation Army Capt. Jonathan Harvey revealed to the City Council architectural drawings of the $7.5 million renovation and expansion plans that will bring the Salvation Army’s total to-date commitment in Suisun City to $12 million.

In addition to entirely repurposing 37,000 sq. ft. of existing building space, The Salvation Army plans to add 9,600 sq. ft. of new space, principally in an aerobics studio and tribute corridor.

The new Community Center will have many features of centers recently opened in Oregon and Idaho.

The building itself will feature:

  • A multi-court gymnasium
  • Refurbished aquatics center
  • Dedicated aerobics/dance studio
  • Dedicated spinning studio
  • Fitness center, featuring full range of fitness equipment and personal training
  • Child care center with outdoor tot lot
  • Separate party room
  • Lobby featuring climbing wall, lounge and café
  • Remodeled changing rooms, and new family cabanas
  • Conference and community space of nearly 3,000 sq ft off a pre-function lobby
  • Full commercial kitchen

The Community Center is designed to support a wide range of programming, such as

  • Family fitness
  • Rock Wall
  • Martial Arts
  • Dance
  • Personal Training\Yoga
  • Circuit Training
  • Spin Classes
  • Teen Fitness
  • Open Gym
  • Basketball
  • Sports leagues
  • Volleyball
  • Recreational swimming
  • Water aerobics
  • Senior Swim
  • Lifeguard training
  • Professional certifications
  • Swim lessons
  • Afterschool activities
  • Family worship
  • Family enrichment
  • Bible study
  • Women’s outreach
  • Music classes

From the start, City leaders and The Salvation Army shared a commitment to provide the community with the very best center possible and do it right, even if it took a little more time.

The Salvation Army has launched both a website and Facebook page to facilitate communication, including collecting input from the community on the types of programs residents would like most.

For more information, go to www.SuisunSalArmy.org or www.Facebook.com/SuisunSalArmy, or call 707-439-7880.