DISCOVERY BAY -- The town's venture into operating an indoor fitness center will be soon be over.
Discovery Bay's Community Services District board voted this week to remove the cardio machines, free weights and other exercise equipment that occupy most of its new community center by the end of June.
The center, at 1601 Discovery Bay Blvd., will morph into more of a recreational hub that offers community-based programs and classes and is conducive to hosting social functions.
The change meets the town's desire for the property to evolve into a "true community center," said Rick Howard, the town's general manager.
"I'm excited that we're going to be able to offer expanded recreation," board member Chris Steele said.
The change was prompted by Delta Valley Athletic Club recently signing a lease to open a gym in mid-June in the shopping center across the street from the center.
Discovery Bay inherited the fitness equipment when it purchased the former Discovery Bay Athletic Club as part of a 7.4-acre property it acquired in February, deciding to keep it operational until June 30 while it evaluated its options. It also put up to $60,000 toward covering operational costs.
"We're not in the business of running a gym. It's not what we wanted to do, but we took a temporary position," board member Kevin Graves said. "We welcome Delta Valley coming into town and being able to provide that need."
Discovery Bay has encountered some complications keeping the health center open, including discovering the former club's 250 members were on different payment tiers when setting new user fees.
"I think that staff has done a great job with it to this point, but its not our bailiwick," Graves said at Monday's community center committee meeting.
Graves and Steele both sit on that committee.
The district board also voted Wednesday to reduce the center's hours of operation on weekdays from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, and eliminate child care services, both because of limited use.
The district will still operate the community center's outdoor tennis courts, swimming pool and offer exercise and dance classes. Instructors offering classes at the center have expressed interest in continuing to teach there, Howard said.
The community center committee will explore ideas on what to do with the equipment.
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