Fitness Centers Offer Value, Variety
It’s true you can’t put a price on good health. It can’t be bought, sold, or traded, but investing in this invaluable resource is easy, accessible, and affordable through Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Fitness Centers.
Along with its 210 parks over more than 21,000 acres, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation has seven Fitness Centers featuring free weights and machines, treadmills, elliptical trainers, stability balls, resistance bands, and more… and did we mention Olympian-level lap pools and hot tubs? And for just over a buck a day, you can have the key to all that and amazing extras like access to personal trainers, reservable space for parties and meetings, and even towel service!
No matter your style or desired level of activity, Park and Recreation Fitness Centers are all about access and options. Beyond just a great value, these centers are designed to be places where members of any age can begin a fitness regimen that lasts a lifetime.
“It’s like a funnel, broadening as it goes up” said Matt Jakubowski, facilities manager at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center. “It’s a about creating a healthy lifestyle and show people the positive side of recreation.”
“Chronic disease prevention is at the top of the priority list when it comes to the public’s health,” said Dr. Marcus Plescia, Mecklenburg County Public Health Director. “We know that one of the greatest factors that can directly impact the incidence of chronic disease is how physically active an individual is.”
Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center (MCAC) 800 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 704-336-3483 (DIVE)
Fresh off a $9 million renovation inside and out, the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center is home to a totally redesigned weight room, fitness center, and locker rooms. And of course, there’s the 50 meter lap pool and 25 meter therapeutic pool!
Bette Rae Thomas Fitness Center 2921 Tuckaseegee Road, 980-314-1111
Tucked conveniently between Charlotte’s Wesley Heights, Seversville, Smallwood, Enderly Park, and historic Camp Greene neighborhoods, the Bette Rae Thomas Center has all the workout gear, and the basketball courts are where the action is!
Mallard Creek Fitness Center 2530 Johnston Oehler Road, 980-314-1121
In the 20,000 square foot Mallard Creek Recreation Center, you’ll find all of the state-of-the-art fitness equipment to support your health and workout goals. No excuses not to bring the kids, either. There’s an indoor playroom here, too!
RAY’s Splash Planet 215 N. Sycamore Street, 704-432-4RAY (4729)
Home to the amazing indoor spray ground at RAY’s Splash Planet, and with easy access to and from uptown Charlotte via Irwin Creek Greenway, the fitness center here is located on the second floor with fantastic views of the one-of-a-kind water park!
Revoution Park Sports Academy, 1225 Remount Rd, 980-314-1116
If you can’t do it here at Revolution Park, it probably can’t be done! Adjacent to the Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course, the Irwin Creek Greenway, boxing ring, and Revolution Park and its reservable synthetic turf fields, it’s all here with this fitness center!
Southview Fitness Center 1720 Vilma Street, 980-314-1105
The fitness center here at Southview Recreation Center is easily accessible to neighbors in the airport area. Cardio equipment, free weights and machines, kettle bells, balls, mats, and balance equipment… and wall-to-wall mirrors to check your form!
West Charlotte Fitness Center 2401 Kendall Drive, 980-314-1120
Undergoing its own renovation, the West Charlotte Recreation center is scheduled to open near the first of the year, and just in time for you to make good on all those New Year’s resolutions – and stick with them!
And if you’re looking to mix it up a bit, freestyle, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s Outdoor Fitness Zones are open year-round during corresponding park hours. Check them out for a fun, free workout on your terms!
- Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center, 2921 Tuckaseegee Road
- Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Park, 1815 Catherine Simmons Avenue
- Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Road
“Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation has been a tremendous ally in Public Health’s mission towards protecting and promoting the public’s health,” added Plescia. “Mecklenburg County’s first class blueways, greenways, parks and recreation and fitness centers, and community based programs are an invaluable asset to our community’s health. Without them it is not a stretch to suggest that the state of our county’s health would not be as strong as it is today.”