While the Oro Valley Town Council voted unanimously to cease funding to the Oro Valley Recreation Room in a May 2 council meeting, the Town is in the process of creating partnerships to meet the needs of patrons currently utilizing the facility.
The Town’s decision to cease funding for the Recreation Room was based largely around the facility’s poor cost recovery (38 percent on an 85 percent recovery policy), and the fact the Town plans to reallocate funding towards Steam Pump Ranch to invest in unique programming for residents.
“We believed it was our financial responsibility to bring this forward to Council’s attention for potential consideration of elimination,” said Town Manager Greg Caton.
Caton said the cost recovery is the result of the facility’s small size, as it limits the amount of programs to be offered at any given time.
The Town, which contracts out private instructors at the Recreation Room, spends about $54,000 per year on the facility. Town staff believes the absorption of Recreation Room programs into the private market will serve Oro Valley businesses well.
Parks and Recreation Administrator Ainsley Legner said the facility, opened eight years ago, was done so to offer a service that was rare at the time.
“At the time, we didn’t really offer these types of programs to the community,” she said. “We were looking to provide some classes, particularly for adults. We didn’t have anything for adults at that time.”
Councilman Steve Solomon said as several fitness facilities have since become available, residents now have more choices for fitness programs.
“I don’t see where the loss to the residents is,” he said. “The facilities are here, they’re available to people with the one exception of the Parkinson’s program, which the Oro Valley hospital said they’re going to adopt. We’ve got a facility which seven years ago made sense, but doesn’t make sense now.”
The Town’s research for alternative solutions has been well received by community fitness centers, many of which are offering their facility and classes at a discounted rate for current members of the Recreation Room.
The Town is currently in the process of negotiating discount opportunities with Alive Fitness, Bodyworks Pilates, and L.A. Fitness, and has already made progress with Lady of America Fitness Center, which is offering a 50 percent registration discount and $10 off monthly memberships and $5 individual classes.
Additionally, Sun City recreation classes and programs are available to eligible residents and include Aerobic Exercise, Energetic Exercise, Hatha Yoga, Sweat & Stretch, Beginning Chair Exercise, Tai Chi and Karate.
The Parkinson’s and Neuromuscular Fitness and Recovery Class is in the process of relocating to the Rancho Vistoso Urgent Care & Outpatient Services at 13101 N. Oracle Road.
Classes will continue to be offered in the Recreation Room until July.
Dolphins Cheer (held at local schools)
Creative Dance Arts
Lutheran Church Outreach Center
Foothills Community Church
PARKINSON’S & NEUROMUSCULAR FITNESS & RECOVERY
Rancho Vistoso Urgent Care & Outpatient Services
Body Works Pilates
Lady of America
First United Methodist Church
Edna’s Tai Chi Studio
Lady of America
Lady of America