BY SCOTT MCKIE BP
A spring stick
Starting in June, guests at the Cherokee Fitness Complex can literally exercise at any time of the day or night. The complex is accessible 24/7, a relocation manager that Damian Solis is delighted with.
“Our planned opening date is the first week of June,” Solis said of the start of a 24-hour access plan. “With the exception of the pool, the smoothie bar and the reception area, pretty much everything is open.”
Guests can access the complex through a facial recognition system at the front of the building. There is a one-time entry fee of $ 20 to get set up in the system.
“Enrolled members can still access the facility for free during regular business hours,” said Solis, who noted that for those seeking 24-hour access, it is $ 25 / month for each member and for children ages 12-17 15 USD / month will be charged. This fee applies to everyone, EBCI tribal members and non-members.
He noticed that they have a special where you can buy a six month membership and get one month for free, or get a one year membership and get three months for free.
“I think it’s a great achievement for the program and the tribe as a whole,” said Solis. “We worked on it for a while – we worked with IT and finance to set it all up.”
The complex will not be manned after normal opening hours, but some additional surveillance cameras have been installed throughout the facility. “That’s how we’re going to start, and hopefully everyone will be respectful of everything.”
Solis hopes a 24-hour access model will expand the market as well. “As the casino grows and expands, this is a target market that we want to reach. This is one of the biggest requests we get – 24 hour access. You can go to Bryson City or Sylva but they don’t have the amenities we have for our gear. “
He found that this access also worked well for administrative days, holidays, snow days, or other days when the regular complex would be closed. “That way you could just come in. One of our biggest complaints is the hours. I think this will be a way to reduce a lot of discomfort. I think it will be great for everyone in the church. “
Contact Cherokee Fitness Complex 359-6494 for more information