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Gary fitness center seeing more revenue

Updated: May 16, 2013 6:12AM



GARY — The Parks and Recreation Board Wednesday celebrated good news coming from the Hudson-Campbell Fitness Center and other facilities and called for more workers for the beach and pool.

Under new manager Nate George, the fitness center already has seen significant increases in revenue, said Parks Superintendent Lori Peterson Latham.

In February, year-over-year revenue at the fitness center increased from $9,008 to $11,344, and the revenue from March 2013 was $14,616, significantly more than the $9,131 in revenue generated in March 2012.

Increased revenue is critical for the fitness center, which relies on a non-reverting fund, or generating its own income for its operations.

Business also is up the Marquette Park Pavilion, Latham told the board. While board members and administrators said they want to increase weekday rentals, each Saturday through October is booked.

The Gleason Park golf course also has more members than this time last year, Latham said. More membership passes have been sold, and that means more revenue than January through March 2012, she said.

Latham also said the department is looking to hire another 24 pool and beach lifeguards. They have only nine hired so far.

“We are in desperate need of lifeguards,” Latham said.

Officials also are trying to drum up support from local businesses for the city’s summer jobs for youth, Latham said. The city has entered the Youth Summer Jobs Challenge, a competition sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

“We entered as a city to try to generate as much summer youth jobs as possible,” Latham said.



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