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Destination: West Valley City Family Fitness Center

Jan 28, 2016 08:21AM ● By Rachel Hall

By Rachel Hall | r.hall@mycityjournals.com

West Valley - West Valley City Family Fitness Center has a lot to offer the community, especially those who are looking for a budget-friendly recreation option.

“The facility was open in 1999 and has been a community gem ever since. We offer numerous amenities, as well as programs for youth and adults,” Nancy Day, the director of the Family Fitness Center, said.

The 77-acre outdoor complex includes basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer fields and softball diamonds. The 96,000-square-foot indoor area includes a jogging track, over 100 exercise machines, four tons of free weights, courts for basketball, pickleball, volley and racquetball, a 220-foot-long indoor water slide, meeting rooms and more.

Patrons can participate is a wide variety of recreational activities, such as senior fitness programs, race and triathlon training, wellness seminars, CPR/first aid and lifeguard training and birthday party packages.

While many amenities at the center are popular with the public, a favorite among kids is the Edutainment Center. The 6,000-square-foot village houses a soft-play structure, basketball court, theater, grocery store, tree house, toddler area, interactive video-gaming and more. The area provides a place for caregivers to interact creatively with children 11 and under.

“There are many benefits for families. One of the things which the parks and recreation profession emphasizes is that families who play and move together are much healthier and happier,” Day said. “With the epidemic of childhood obesity, this is a substantial benefit which the center offers.”

Anyone is welcome to purchase a membership to the center, but non-residents of West Valley City have to pay an additional fee of $50 per year. The annual memberships can be paid in full each year or monthly with a bank draft. Benefits to having a membership include: free childcare, free personal fitness consultation by a personal trainer, free member events throughout the year and free equipment rental. A family club membership, for up to six family members, is $370 plus tax per year or a monthly draft of $36 per month.

“Our club membership includes all areas of the facility, and our premium membership includes unlimited fitness classes – and there are 63 classes per week,” Day said.

It seems that the public is excited to participate in all the facility has to offer, such as spending some time in the pool and enjoying the longest, indoor water slide in Utah. The rock climbing wall is also a popular destination. The out-of-school camp is state licensed, and they do activities and field trips with kids who participate in the summer, afterschool and kindergarten programs available.

“Some [people] just come here to hang out, while others want a great workout. Others enjoy the variety of programs offered, including the emphasis on adaptive recreation and health wellness,” Day said. 

The public is invited to tour the facility at any time. The staff at the center also runs city events and recreational programming outside of the facility. For that reason, Day is putting together a Recreation and Family Fitness Center Advisory Board. Those who are interested in volunteering on the board can contact Nancy Day at 801-955-4009 or through email at nancy.day@wvc-ut.gov

“There are many amenities, but we are most proud of the true sense of community which resides here from staff and patrons,” Day said.

The West Valley City Family Fitness Center is located at 5415 West 3100 South. For more information about the amenities and programs offered, call 801-955-4000 or visit www.wvc-ut.gov/fitnesscenter 

Events at West Valley City Family Fitness Center

– Current Adaptive Recreation Classes: Splash class, Music and Movement, Basketball and Exploration Class

– Veteran and Family Climb Nights: Thursdays 7-9 p.m. at the rock wall

– LINKS Healthy Relationships Class

– Love & Logic Parenting Techniques Class

– Valentine Dance Party (for members): Feb. 12