When Grantsville town council met Mar. 1, Brenda
McBride, CCCOA assistant director, presented a project proposal to
members of council.
Her request for a site survey and feasibility study on
the property formerly housing the town office building and the present
parking lot was approved unanimously.
The request was to determine options for a possible
development of a fitness center through the collaborating efforts of
local non-profit and service/community oriented groups.
Since the council’s approval, the feasibility study has
begun. The development and strategic planning has been a focus for the
The fitness center would be called the “Legacy Center,”
and last Friday at 9:30 a.m., the initial meeting of the Legacy team was
The team is made up of representatives from different
sectors and community leaders. The meeting began with the formation of
committees and the discussion of the following main points:
includes several necessary items. There must
be a proper survey completed, followed by core drilling and rights of
way determined. McBride, chair of the committee, reported that members
of the community are willing to donate time and resources toward the
Simers will chair the grants and funding options, with Mike Ritchie
chair of the support committees, which will consist of donations and
Ritchie discussed development of the “500 Club” and the
Legacy Tree. “This is a new beginning and a way to share the dream,”
said Ritchie. “What will we leave behind? How can we give back? Let’s
commit to the long term . . . This is why we will call it the “Legacy
Design: The final
design of the center will be determined as the project continues, but
brain-storming and planning is underway. The team is discussing
the possibilities of several features. These are not set in
stone, and funding and feasibility will be factors as a design is
The plan tentatively consists of three floors. The main
floor will house an indoor swimming pool, basketball court, exercise
machine facility, registration center, coffee house, and free wi-fi
On the second floor, space for meeting rooms with
internet conferencing, rental offices, and aerobic areas will be
available. Third floor will have an artisan center (for local vendors)
and food court, as well as an open air patio for lunch in the sunshine
or a place to sun after a swim in the pool.
The hope is that there will be something for every age,
every interest, and every need. The Legacy Center will allow for
entertainment and activity, plus exercise and rehabilitation.
main areas of sustainability include center membership and
vendors/rental agreements. Also discussed was the possibility of
continued contributors. The team perceives the need for the Legacy
Center to be well rounded, well organized, and accountable. It will be a
center for all of Calhoun and regions beyond its borders.
Ambitious goals were set and a timeline was discussed.
“We won’t give up easily. We have an energy and
ownership for this project. We know that if this is supposed to happen
it will,” said McBride.
The Legacy team meeting adjourned at 10:55 a.m. The
committees will meet in the next few weeks to continue the feasibility
study and the dream of a “Legacy Center.”