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Town of Tonawanda fitness center to remain closed, for now

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Posted at 2:04 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 14:04:16-04

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks & Recreation Department announced Tuesday it will not re-open its Fitness Center until further notice.

“Governor Cuomo’s recent announcement giving Gyms/Fitness Centers the green light to re-open comes with a 33% occupancy limit, social distancing, and HVAC System upgrades. We also need to weigh out the cost to upgrade the HVAC System to meet NYS Health Code Mandates. With that in mind we will be installing the MERV-13 Filters to the facilities existing HVAC System”, said Parks & Recreation Superintendent Mark Campanella Sr.

The Fitness Center occupies a portion of the Town of Tonawanda Aquatics & Fitness Center on Sheridan Drive.

According to town leaders, the 33% occupancy would limit the space to a total of 39 patrons and fitness staff at any one time and makes it difficult to run the Fitness Room and accommodate its membership.

Meantime, the town is hoping to re-open the Aquatics component of the center on October 1, but add this is subject to change pending another COVID-19 outbreak and/or town finances.

The YPR Department says it is currently working on a refund plan for its members and they will be notified by mail and email as soon as the plan is finalized.