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Facelift for IC Community Pillar

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Its challenging for any place that provides most of its services free of charge to have the funds for a renovation. Thanks to some local help from the Iowa Childrens Museum and Wellmark, the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center will have a new look and serve the community even better.

When a movie costs you almost ten dollars, and even just a dinner downtown will make your wallet a bit lighter, the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center is still free.

"It's a great opportunity to learn because otherwise, trying to learn to play pool you're going to have to spend a lot of money, said Iowa City Resident Sabrina Susen.

Soon, the center will look a bit different. The hope is to change the inside to make Iowa City a little more active. Part of the plan is to move the fitness room to a much larger area and add new machines, all steps to earn a Blue Zone Designation.

"Being able to provide those extra pieces of equipment will help us get that, not necessarily directly with the Blue Zone's Accreditation but it strongly ties into the initiative that they're trying to do, said Iowa City Recreation Superintendent Chad Dyson.

The Ping-Pong, Pool and Foosball tables that are there now are great but the people who use them are still mostly stationary.

The center says the set up now is good, but it could be better.

"Are you exercising, getting fitness, doing things that are healthy for you or are you just sitting around, talking to your buddies and eating things out of the vending machine, said Iowa City Recreation Division Office Coordinator Jessica Lang.

Maybe the best part is that just like people who come in pay nothing, its the same for the city. The entire price tag is covered by donations from the Iowa Childrens Museum and Wellmark.

"All those funds are what's covering it so there's no new moneys allocated towards any of this, said Dyson.

The final cost will likely be between $15,000 and $18,000, all covered by those donations. The center says the changes will actually save the city additional funds by moving the registration area downstairs.
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