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Ribbon cutting for Moraine Valley’s new Health, Fitness & Recreation Center

The brand new Health, Fitness and Recreation Center is officially open, even though students and community members have already taken advantage of the spacious and up-to-date facility.

The indoor groundbreaking ceremony officially kicked off the construction phase of the new center on January 10, 2013. Now everyone can take part in the beauty and functionality of the center, including a lap pool, whirlpool, three court field houses, cardio equipment, jogging track, full-size lockers, towel service and a steam room.

Students, faculty, staff and the community were invited to the dedication ceremony and official ribbon cutting in the lobby of the new center.

Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins, Moraine Valley President, began the ceremony, thanking the Board of Trustees, Foundation board members, and individual pioneers in the groundbreaking and creation of the facility, including Dr. Vernon Crawley, former Moraine Valley president, who was present at the event.

“This day has been a long time in the making. There was a group of people who brought this idea to our campus facility planning board over 20 years ago and it served it’s purpose for many years. But as we grew we realized there was a need to offer our students and communities a superior place to work out and improve their health,” said Jenkins.

Also in attendance was the Gerald R. Bennett, Mayor of Palos Hills, Denis Savard, former Chicago Blackhawks coach, player, and Hall of Famer.

Savard and others unveiled the Chicago Blackhawks Fitness center on the second floor of the facility. The Chicago Blackhawks Charities donated $250,000 to the project. He later signed autographs for attendees.

After the ceremony, participants were invited to take tours of the facility and enjoy refreshments.

Moraine Valley employees, students and the community are encouraged to take advantage of current signing promotions.

Right now, members receive one month free when an upfront payment is made, or 10 percent off a 12-month membership paid in full at the time of purchase.

Hours are as follows:  Monday-Thursday 5:30 a.m.- 11 p.m., Friday 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.  Membership Sales Hours are Monday and Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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