The Sabetha Health and Wellness group was organized in 2008 with the purpose of researching, promoting, securing funding, and successfully operating a new fitness center. The purpose of a new fitness center would not only provide the means for creating a healthy lifestyle for its patrons, but also serve as a tool for promoting Sabetha as a progressive and proactive community for people considering a move to this community.
The location of this new facility will be at the current location of the Midtown building at 1st & Main. After consulting with a structural engineer about the feasibility of a partial demolition, the decision was made to totally demolish the current Midtown building and build a new facility in its place.
The fundraising goal has been set at $3.o million, which will provide for construction as well as furnishing of equipment for the facility. As of October 2016, approximately $2.2 million has been pledged or donated. Construction will not begin until the goal has been reached.
The fitness center will include a gymnasium, workout facilities, indoor walking track, multi-purpose room for fitness or exercise classes, locker rooms, foyer and administrative offices. One long term goal is to add an indoor pool approximately 30' x 60', "Endless Pools" for rehabilitation and specific aquatic training (conditioning and speed swimming) and "wet" locker rooms.
The Boy Scout room located to the east of the existing Midtown building will not be a part of the demolition or reconstruction process for the new fitness center. Boy Scout Troop 77 will retain rights and priviledges granted to them by the City of Sabetha.
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Goals of this Facility
To foster a healthy quality of life for people of all ages
To promote and offer diverse exercise and overall fitness opportunities
To provide resources for physical therapy, rehabilitation and injury prevention
To encourage people to be advocates for healthy living
To help build strong family relationships through physical activity
To provide incentive for new families to relocate to this community
To attract people from other communities to use this facility
Purpose and Intended Use
Year round physical therapy
- resistance training
- physical fitness
- center for yoga, pilates, dance classes
- corporate wellness partnerships
- Gymnasium for Basketball, Volleyball, or other indoor games
Rationale for Facility
Sabetha is an outstanding community with state of the art facilities in all facets of day to day operations. Employees of the city do an outstanding job maintaining current facilities, and stay up to date with equipment needs to operate efficiently and effectively. In order for Sabetha to remain a progressive and proactive community, upgrading health and wellness facilities is critical for our future growth.
Midtown has been used for several years by people interested in health and wellness, but the Midtown building is antiquated and limited in space. It was originally built in 1923 as a high school. Although modifications and improvements to that building in the areas of health and wellness have been made, the building is still insufficient in meeting the needs that a progressive community should visualize in the area of health and wellness. The future of Midtown has been included in some discussions, including the fact that the building is over 90 years old.
Sabetha has long held strong family values, and a health and wellness center provides another avenue to reinforce and provide quality family time. Once again, families from other communities could recognize this as another option for spending their leisure time. The potential also exists that visitors would patronize other businesses, helping to boost the local economy.