Redmond Area Park and Recreation District (RAPRD) fitness and other recreation classes have moved to the Redmond Senior Center. That’s right. The Redmond Senior Center as of September 7.
“We needed a new base for our classes because the RAPRD complex on Canal Street behind BiMart is scheduled to be torn down in December,” explained Teresa Brown, RAPRD’s fitness coordinator. “Salmon Street will be extended to meet Canal, running right through our parking lot.”
According to Brown, they needed a short-term plan because a long-term decision on a new activity center depends on the outcome of the bond RAPRD expects to put on the November 2022 ballot. “The passing or failing of that bond will determine if we have the funds to build a new activity center. If it passes, identifying suitable property, building design and construction will take some time. In the meantime, we’re very happy to be ‘joining’ the RSC family.”
“We believe it’s a wonderful fit,” Brown continued. “We’re bringing our membership to the senior center and the senior center is gaining fitness and recreation programs, and more visibility in the Redmond community.”
However, she emphasized that the classes presented by RAPRD must be registered for and paid for through the recreation district; they are not included as part of the RSC membership. Registration and payment must be made at the Activity Center or Cascade Swim Center through November as no RAPRD administration staff will be at the senior center. Cost for a 12-session punch card is $28 (in district).
“Another change is that we will no longer offer a one-time drop-in fee for any class,” Brown said. “Again, because we won’t have staff at the senior center to accept payment. However, anyone is always welcome to attend the first class for free to see if they enjoy it.”
Classes planned for Fall 2021 are Fitness Fusion, Fitness 4 Life, Zumba Gold, Power Cut Plus, Balance & Core, PiYo (Pilates and yoga), Cardio Kickboxing, and Zumba Toning (subject to change). She also plans to add a Silver Sneakers Chair class in November. See https://redmondseniors.org/activities/ for a complete monthly schedule of RSC and RAPRD activities.
Another advantage to the partnership is promoting more fitness options to the RSC community. “Exercise and activity has so many benefits,” Brown said. “The first step is to just get started. Walk around the house at least every half hour, and then work up to walking around the block or along the Dry Canyon Trail. And then try one of our fitness classes, keeping in mind that any movement can be modified according to one’s abilities and comfort level.”
Not only does exercise improve muscle strength, range of movement, and coordination, it also improves circulation, balance and core stability, and it helps prevent osteoporosis, reduces pain and inflammation, and helps with mental cognition and clarity.
“We are very exciting about this partnership,” said Jill Bower, Operations Manager for the RSC. “We’ll be evaluating how things go this fall and then considering changes to programming, services and fees as we move into 2022.”