Gilbert's Freestone Recreation Center closed for remodeling Dec. 23-Jan. 3

Freestone Recreation Center
The Freestone Recreation Center will undergo renovations Dec. 23-Jan. 3. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Freestone Recreation Center will undergo renovations Dec. 23-Jan. 3. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Freestone Recreation Center will close Dec. 23 for nearly two weeks for a remodeling project.

The town plans to replace 12,000 square feet of flooring; put in new countertops, fixtures and walls in the bathrooms and locker rooms; add fresh lighting; replace lobby furniture; add foosball and pingpong tables and padding in the gymnasium; put new signage at the facility; add television sets in the fitness center; change the holds route for the rock wall; and other aesthetic improvements.

The town anticipates the center, 1141 E. Guadalupe Road, will reopen for use Jan. 4 with a grand reopening scheduled for from 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 11. It will include giveaways, free passes, membership specials, facility tours and vendors on-site.

The center plans to honor the town’s centennial in 2020 by helping patrons achieve fitness goals with 100 days of fitness in which those who spend at least 30 minutes a day being active for 100 days will earn a chance to win a Fitbit Charge.

The parks and recreation department’s McQueen Park Activity Center, Southeast Regional Library and the Gilbert Community Center will remain open while Freestone undergoes renovations.
By Tom Blodgett

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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