FORT LEE, Va. (April 8, 2010) – The installation of an air conditioning system at Clark Fitness Center will require a closure of the facility for approximately three months, starting April 12, according to Barry Wilson, sports and recreation division manager for the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Directorate here.

“This project is all about improved comfort for our customers,” Wilson said. “Currently, the only areas of the building that have air conditioning are the front office and the racquetball courts. The gyms and locker rooms don’t have it, and they’re probably the hottest and most humid parts of the building throughout most of the year.”

FMWR intentionally scheduled the $850,000 project for this time of the year when its outdoor recreation programs are in full swing, Wilson noted.

“We encourage our customers to use those activities to achieve their fitness goals,” he said. “There’s an outdoor track at Williams Stadium. Golf and bowling are fun physical activities; and the Outdoor Recreation Office is a great resource for biking, horseback riding, camping, hiking and much more.”

MacLaughlin Fitness Center is available as well, but its patrons should expect a larger than usual crowd due to the anticipated increase in usage, according to Wilson. As a reminder, MacLaughlin is located on the corner of C Avenue and 19th Street. Its hours of operation are 5:30 - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekends and holidays.

“Between now and April 12, Clark Fitness Center will have limited capacity while the facility is prepared for closure,” Wilson also noted. “Therefore, only patrons with ID cards or passes will be granted access. As soon as the construction is complete and both gyms re-open, guests will be allowed into the facility.”

Clark Fitness Center was built in 1993. Its original design did not include air conditioning. FMWR continues to upgrade its facilities as part of its commitment to provide “responsive programs that enhance the quality of life, contribute to communities of excellence, enrich living and working environments, and foster a sense of community.”

Anyone with questions about the upcoming project can contact Clark Fitness Center at (804) 765-3635.