Branch­wood re­opens

The Weekly Vista - - Front Page - KEITH BRYANT

Branch­wood had its soft re­open­ing last Fri­day, Sept. 21, after be­ing closed for most of the sum­mer for ren­o­va­tion and ex­pan­sion.

The fa­cil­ity will have a grand re­open­ing Satur­day, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which will in­clude demon­stra­tions of avail­able ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing the fit­ness equip­ment, pick­le­ball and disc golf.

Re­cre­ation direc­tor Joan Glubczyn­ski said the re­model in­cludes a 2,100-square-foot ex­ten­sion for an ex­er­cise room that over­looks a por­tion of the Branch­wood na­ture trail.

There was a line out the door on the club­house’s first day, she said.

“Every­body’s re­ally ex­cited,” Glubczyn­ski said.

She said she was par­tic­u­larly proud that the POA was able to make room in the re­model’s bud­get for new hard­wood floor­ing on the rac­quet­ball and pick­le­ball courts.

An­other sub­stan­tial im­prove­ment is in the Branch­wood trail, she said, which now has a stretch of con­crete link­ing it to the park­ing lot, near the fa­cil­ity’s re­cently-up­dated play­ground equip­ment.

In ad­di­tion to new space and equip­ment, Branch­wood has a new man­ager who Glub­cyn­ski said she was glad to be able to pro­mote.

Jes­sica An­som, the fa­cil­ity’s new man­ager, said that, while the fa­cil­ity is open, there are still some kinks to be worked out.

The fit­ness cen­ter has all new equip­ment, she said,

in­clud­ing var­i­ous ma­chines and free weights — and staff will be on hand to help mem­bers learn how to use the new gear.

The play­ground equip­ment is brand new as well, she said, and the kids who have stopped by seem to have a blast.

With all this new stuff, she said, she hopes more peo­ple come to Branch­wood.

“We want a lot of peo­ple who live in Bella Vista and don’t use the ameni­ties to come out and try it,” An­som said.

Among those who came to look at the re­model was Gail Os­bourn, who said she loved the new aes­thetic at the club­house. It fits in with other re­cent re­mod­els, like Lake­point, she said.

“It’s very taste­ful,” Os­bourn said.

She’s most likely to use the pool, she said, though she’s cu­ri­ous about disc golf.

An­other at­tendee, Gerry Tem­plin, who was strength train­ing with the all-new ma­chines in the new ex­er­cise fa­cil­ity.

This is a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment, he said, though there’s a learn­ing curve with the new gear.

“It’s all new equip­ment; I like it,” he said.

The locker rooms are a lot nicer, as well as the lobby and pool room, he said.

“I think they’re do­ing an ex­cel­lent job,” Tem­plin said.

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista

Branch­wood Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, which was closed for part of this sum­mer for re­mod­el­ing, re­opened last Fri­day, Sept. 21.

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista

Vis­i­tors try out new ex­er­cise equip­ment at Branch­wood Re­cre­ation Cen­ter’s new ex­er­cise room with some help and ex­pla­na­tion from Branch­wood staff.

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