Dublin residents could get a chance to exercise their workout rites Sunday mornings at the Dublin Community Recreation Center.

Dublin residents could get a chance to exercise their workout rites Sunday mornings at the Dublin Community Recreation Center.

After a few months of discussion in the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, or PRAC, city council last week broached the possibility of opening the rec center before noon on Sundays.

Rec center member Joe Miragliotta submitted a petition to PRAC in October with more than 500 signatures supporting an 8 a.m. opening on Sundays. The rec center is currently open from noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays.

"I always wanted to work out on Sunday mornings," Miragliotta told council members last week.

To obtain the signatures on the petition, Miragliotta said he walked through the rec center in the morning for about two or three weeks.

"People were broadly supporting this," he said. "There is a broad subsection of members whose needs we are not meeting."

Although he got more than 500 signatures, Miragliotta said there were 20 to 30 people who declined to sign. People who didn't sign said they would not work out on Sundays or did not support making others work on Sundays, he said.

After receiving the petition, recreation center staff gathered information on visitation numbers, the cost of opening earlier on Sundays and other data to analyze the proposal.

According to information in the staff report to council, most local recreation centers open at noon on Sundays.

Findings also showed the highest Sunday attendance at the recreation center was at noon. Staff determined that opening the recreation center at 8 a.m. Sundays would cost an additional $36,036 per year.

After seeing the information and discussing the proposal, PRAC voted 7-2 to recommend that council expand Sunday rec center hours to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

"The 500 (people) that signed that, it means a lot to me," council member Michael Keenan said last week. "PRAC voting 7-2 means a lot to me, too."

Vice Mayor Cathy Boring was concerned about forcing recreation staff to work hours they thought they would have free when hired.

"Where did staff weigh in on this?" she asked. "I feel this is an insult to staff."

Both Keenan and Mayor Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher suggested opening the recreation center earlier for a few months to see how it works, but deputy city manager Marsha Grigsby said staff will gather more information on the proposal for the next council meeting Feb. 2.