Open house set for Port Hawkesbury’s gym

PORT HAWKESBURY: Port Hawkesbury’s mayor is pleased with a meeting she and council had with town staff to discuss the short-term future of the gym facility formerly operated by the YMCA.

In a Facebook post from last Saturday, Mayor Brenda Chisholm-Beaton noted a meeting took place last Friday. At that time, council and staff reviewed over 500 responses to a survey regarding what locals wanted from the town and its gym.

“Creating a ‘Fit Pass’ that combines several of our fitness offerings was a strong message relayed to us,” she said. “We heard you, and we are willing to try something new.”

The new Fit Pass will include access to the gym facilities, public swims, public skates, fitness classes, and sports drop-in opportunities (like basketball and pickle ball).

“This is where we need your help,” she said. “This is our opportunity to demonstrate that this gym facility and the new ‘Fit Pass’ is wanted and needed in our community and our Strait region.”

She encouraged people to sign on for a pass: it’s $41 monthly (plus tax) for adults and $33 monthly (plus tax) for youth and seniors. A three-month pass will be available for additional savings.

On Sunday, March 1, an open house will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the gym, located at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.

Staff will be there to answer questions about youth orientation for membership (including the minimum age to join with parental permission), orientation for new members, hours of operation, information on fitness programs, how to sign-up for and purchase a fit pass and more.

“I’ll also ask for a little patience in advance,” Chisholm-Beaton said.

“This is a new adventure for our staff. As we try our best to navigate this new fitness concept, we will do our best to work out the kinks and deliver the best in fitness for fit pass holders.”

She added that this week, the walking track at the Civic Centre will be open, and public swims and skates are offered by the town. With that, drop-in basketball is offered throughout the week.