Mullins explains expansion at Business After Hours

Debbie Rolen drolen@civitasmedia.com

October 24, 2013

CHIEF LOGAN STATE PARK — More than 20 Logan County business people attended Tuesday night’s Logan County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at the Chief Logan Rec Center and got to see plans for the proposed expansion of the health and wellness facility.

The center usually has a maximum number of 2,300-2,400 members in the spring and without expansion, that is about the maximum that can be accomodated unless the center is expanded.

Chief Logan Rec Center Director Terry Mullins welcomed the business people onto the middle tennis court for Business After Hours. The center is always a hub of activity, with more than 150 people signing in every day. A step aerobics class was held on the first tennis court during the event and numerous people were walking the track above the courts and playing basketball on the court behind the step class.

The business leaders enjoyed refreshments and the company of friends during the Business After Hours, which was sponsored by the Logan County Chamber of Commerce.

Mullins showed the group the plans that are drawn up that will include expansions to the first and second floors of the building. Expansions will take place in three phases. The first phase will include basketball courts, group exercise rooms, a set of locker rooms and concession stands, which will provide an additional source of revenue for the center.

“We are hoping to secure funding for the expansion from grants. Right now, we are relying on donations. Raising the fees for membership will be a last resort. We want to keep our fees low so everyone can take advantage of the health benefits the center has to offer,” said Mullins.

The Chief Logan Rec Center is a state-of-the-art health and wellness facility that has an Olympic-sized swimming pool, an elevated walking track, three tennis courts and fitness rooms where members can work out with weights, bikes and other equipment. The rec center hosts classes ranging from water aerobics to spinning to martial arts.

It is also host to a new swim team, the Southern West Virginia Stingrays, which is a member of the HYCAT Swim Club out of Charleston. The swim team recently held its first swim meet as a member of HYCAT and had two swimmers win in different heats.

The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) calls the center’s court home and practices at the center two days a week and holds an exhibition with the University of Charleston in February. Other schools also practice at the center, with more expressing interest every day.

For more information on the Chief Logan Rec Center and all it has to offer, call 304-855-8591, or visit their website ChiefLoganRecCenter.org.