Branch­wood read­ies for open­ing

The Weekly Vista - - News - LYNN ATKINS latkins@nwadg.com

When the last sched­uled con­struc­tion tour of the Branch­wood Club­house was held on Sept. 11, there was still no of­fi­cial open­ing date an­nounced, but POA of­fi­cials agreed that it would open later in the month. About 80 mem­bers toured the fa­cil­ity in Septem­ber. Two tours held in Au­gust drew an es­ti­mated 250 mem­bers.

The ex­pan­sion added a large room for classes, as well as more space for the ex­er­cise equip­ment. The locker rooms and the lobby were ren­o­vated.

A new man­ager will open the new fa­cil­ity. Jes­sica An­son man­aged the beach at Lake Avalon last sum­mer. She just moved into the po­si­tion of aquat­ics and fa­cil­ity man­ager at Branch­wood.

An­son was teach­ing third grade in Spring­dale, but she ma­jored in ki­ne­si­ol­ogy in col­lege with the goal of be­com­ing a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher. She ac­cepted the job at Lake Avalon be­cause she had the sum­mer off but then agreed to stay with the POA.

“I love be­ing out­doors,” she ex­plained. She’s also in­ter­ested in fit­ness.

Her goal at Branch­wood is to get more peo­ple to come in and ex­er­cise. Even­tu­ally, she hopes to ex­pand the classes that are of­fered, adding tai chi and yoga.

She ex­pects the new disc golf course to be pop­u­lar. There are demon­stra­tions planned so mem­bers can learn about the sport, and discs will be for sale in­side the fa­cil­ity.

Cus­tomer ser­vice is im­por­tant, An­son said, but she be­lieves her staff al­ready un­der­stands that.

The fa­cil­ity may be open this week­end, but no fi­nal de­ci­sion was made at press time.

Lynn Atkins/The Weekly Vista

When Branch­wood re­opens this month, a new fa­cil­ity man­ager, Jes­sica An­son, will be in charge. Her goal is to get peo­ple to come out and ex­er­cise.

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