The Recreation Center complex is the hottest spot in Rochester these days. 125 Live, the new senior center, had its “soft” opening last week and will hold a grand opening later this month. Meanwhile, the last of the upgrades and improvements to the Rec Center are being completed now, just in time for hockey season. Here are a few of the biggest changes you’ll notice at the complex:
Outside the REC
They’re wrapping up the paving, so the upper parking lot and a drive connecting it to the lower lot is ready. There is a handy place for dropping off and picking up young athletes, close to the new outlet to Elton Hills Drive. Blocked off is the old turn into the lot close to the intersection of Elton Hills Drive and Broadway. The right turn into the lot could be tricky and the left turn out, onto eastbound Elton Hills, could be downright dangerous. There is new parking in the lower lot and then to the north and west on the other side of 125 Live.
Inside the REC
Youth hockey players and spectators were already enjoying some of the upgrades last season. There are more restrooms, a larger concession area with tables (a space which doubles as a meeting room for other occasions), more and larger locker rooms, and a bigger lobby and ticketing area that reduces the need to wait outside in the cold to buy tickets or wait for a ride. More signage helps users find the place they’re going. Swimmers of all ages have a renovated pool area with new starting blocks and timing system, and a state-of-the-art scoreboard/videoboard. The gym has a new, more-cushioned floor that replaced the original (nearly 40-year-old) floor.
125 Live is attached directly to the Rec Center, making it possible for 125 Live members to use Rec Center facilities like the pickle ball courts, along with the 125 Live walking loop. A whirlpool is in future plans. 125 Live is offering fitness memberships for anyone in the community, which includes use of a new “warm water” pool (shared between the seniors and other Rec Center users) and fitness equipment. You don’t have to be a senior; it’s $50 a month for those 18-49, $45 a month for folks 50-89, and even less for those 90 and up. For the 50-and-up crowd, that’s separate from the social membership, which is $20 a month.