October 24, 2014

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Huge crowd at Medina Rec Center’s 10th anniversary open house

MEDINA — Medina Community Recreation Center was packed Sunday with people looking for help in keeping New Year’s resolutions to get in shape.

Hailey Earley, 2, of Medina, plays in the leisure pool Sunday at the Medina Community Recreation Center during its annual open house. Earley’s mother, Tina, a Cleveland Clinic employee, signed up as a member that day. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

While employees could not yet tally a total number of new members who signed up during the open house, Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said turnout was high.

“At times the line was out the door,” the mayor said as he greeted people coming into the lobby.

During the “New Year, New You” program, visitors could exchange a nonperishable food item for a free visit to the center’s weight area, basketball courts and pools.

Medina Hospital offered health screenings in the center’s main hallway, and Aldi’s provided healthy snacks.

Hanwell said that over the years, the rec center has added more energy-efficient lighting and replaced carpeting with rubberized flooring for the weight area.
The open house also was a celebration of the center’s 10th anniversary.

New this year is a wellness kiosk, sponsored by Medina Hospital, that will allow patrons to set health, exercise and nutrition goals, get workout tips, network and participate in health challenges and workshops.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.