New stationary bicycles, elliptical machines and televisions are being installed this week at the Worthington Community Center.

New stationary bicycles, elliptical machines and televisions are being installed this week at the Worthington Community Center.

The fitness center and indoor pools will reopen Sept. 6, the day after Labor Day, after being closed for routine annual maintenance and for some special projects earlier this year.

The pool closed Aug. 24, followed by the fitness center Aug. 29.

Parks and recreation director Darren Hurley said some people do not realize the extent of the maintenance, cleaning and improvements that occur during the annual center hiatus.

Though program staff members take vacation during maintenance week, most of the community center's employees work additional hours to get the facility in top shape, Hurley said.

The most noticeable additions this year probably will be on the fitness center's floor, where one-third of the fitness equipment will be replaced. Besides the new bicycles and elliptical machines, all of the televisions throughout the building will be replaced with flat-screen models.

Countertops and sinks in locker rooms will be replaced, as will the slide mat on the children's sliding board in the pool, along with the impeller, seals and bearings on the pool pump.

All computers will be replaced, as will the registration software.

Work on the glass in the entryway, the aerobics room and the game room began earlier in the summer and likely will continue until November. It is a separate project being done by an outside contractor.

The aerobics room will reopen after Labor Day, but the main entrance will close for five or six weeks to allow work to be completed. Everyone is asked to use the old door on the south end of the center until the entryway is finished.

The work on the windows and doors was necessary because they leaked, causing cracking and shifting of the surrounding walls, Hurley said.

The more routine work that occurs annually includes work on the pools. The pools, drains, pumps, pits, decks, walls, floors, slides and lights were drained and cleaned last week and over the weekend of Aug. 27-28.

"Now we can focus on the rest of the building," Hurley said.

Changing rooms, the child-care room and restrooms will be painted.

The track will be repaired.

The entire facility will be dusted and ductwork cleaned.

Floors will be refinished in the south gym, fitness studio and lobby, and child-care room.

Broken tile on the pool deck will be replaced.

All storage areas will be cleaned, as will carpet throughout the facility.

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