The Harbor Beach Library will open its new fitness center at the Harbor Beach Community House later this month.

The Harbor Beach Area District Library has an opening date for its new fitness center.

The library has scheduled Oct. 31 as the opening date at the Harbor Beach Community House. The center will be open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 5, there will be an open house with tours of the newly renovated gym as well as refreshments from 1-3 p.m.

“We’re glad to have this in our facility,” Library Director Vicki Mazure said. “Part of the library’s mission statement is the goal to meet the recreational need of the community and the fitness center helps to fulfill that goal.”

Memberships must be purchased to access the gym, and can be purchased during library hours; Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Anyone over the age of 18 can purchase a month-by month or yearly membership. Fees will be based on a resident in and out of district status. For in-district, there is a $25 monthly fee, while out-of-district is $35 monthly fee. Senior discounts are available as well, with a $15 monthly rate.

The fitness center includes weight machines, treadmills, ellipticals, and free weight dumbbells. In addition, the gym floor will now be open for walkers only Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Walkers wanting to participate will not need a membership during this time.

Residents will still be allowed to rent out the gym floor and newly renovated space. There is a $10 per hour fee, but it must be rented in advance. To rent, contact the library.

After inquiries from library patrons, it was decided to replace the fitness center’s old bleachers with a new gym

“People came to us and inquired about getting equipment to put in the gym and we looked into it and got it going,” Mazure told the Tribune previously.

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