Community Center commemorates 10 years with March madness

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published March 14, 2012

 Troy resident Paul Ducas and daughter Ann have fun in the gym at the Troy 
Community Center during Family Night Out in January.

Troy resident Paul Ducas and daughter Ann have fun in the gym at the Troy Community Center during Family Night Out in January.

File photo by David Schreiber


The Troy Community Center will celebrate its 10-year anniversary a with a variety of activities throughout the month. The center gets more than 1 million visits each year for the fitness center, indoor pool and gymnasium, as well as dance, exercise and yoga classes, and other programs.

“We’re celebrating 10 years of healthy lifestyles,” Cindy Stewart, the city’s director of community affairs, said. “We offer something for everyone, regardless of age and recreation ability.”

Stewart explained that the community center must sustain itself, and there is no money allocated from the city budget for programs at the center. She said it is thanks to various sponsors — including Whole Foods Market, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Dick’s Sporting Goods and TCBY — that residents can enjoy some of the March specials and freebies to celebrate the center’s 10 years.

Highlights this month at the community center include:

• Spring Senior Expo March 20.

• Family Night Out March 10 and 24.

• ABCs of Nutrition with Whole Foods March 21.

• Giveaway Days throughout the month.

• Discounts on massages.

• Special “Lucky Day” day pass rates.

Recreation supervisor Elaine Bo said the Fitness Passport, which has a matinee option that includes participation in a list of classes and programs, is very popular. Rates start at $27 a month for residents.

She said the community center has gained 500 new members in recent months.

“We’ve tried to stay competitive,” she said.

For example, Recreation Pass rates, which include use of the fitness center, pool and gym, are $20 a month for residents, $24 for nonresidents who work in Troy and $30 for other nonresidents. Special rates for seniors are also available. Lucky Day $5 day passes are available March 15 and 30.

The Slim Down Challenge, a five-week program in which participants work out with a trainer and on their own to lose inches and weight in the fitness center, and then see who in the group has lost the most, scored a hit with the community, Bo said. The program started Feb. 27, and the winner will be announced March 30.

“Forty-six people enrolled, and 70 more are interested,” she said. “The initial energy is really good.”

The Troy Community Center is located at 3179 Livernois. For information about programs, call (248) 524-3484 or visit www.troymi. gov/ParksRec