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Barbourville, KY

whats being built by pope lumber ?

I think East Barbourville Baptist is building a rec area.  (Sep 4, 2014 | post #2)

Barbourville, KY

Ambulance hit 3 people last night in Knox county, on bicy...

how the hell lets their kids ride bikes on 25e let alone at 10pm. Parents need to be charged with endangerment.  (Aug 24, 2014 | post #5)

Barbourville, KY

Stivers Center fixes

There are plenty of options to bring in more people. One problem I see is the therapy pool needs to be used for that and not swimming lessons. I think the local physical therapist's were using it for that when it first opened but when Dee took over said that it was conflicting with swimming lessons so they turned away paying rehab patients. Also I agree that with the need for a certain amount of privacy when individuals are trying to loose weight. What I don't want to see though is the "planet fitness" attitude come into play. What I mean is just because a person is strong or healthy they should not be turned away just because it makes overweight people self conscious to be around. If you don't know what I am talking about google "planet fitness" and you will find a lot. I think this is just shaming the healthy and strong. What we need is a place where all can work together to fulfill their full potential.  (Jul 25, 2014 | post #54)

Barbourville, KY

Stivers Center fixes

I can't see how anybody would benefit if it closed. I think Union might have first option to buy it but I can't see them being able to afford the cost. Union would also have to pay a large sum of money to fix their pool. The piranhas would loose their home and would have to go back to Union if they fixed their pool. Who do you see as benefiting from the closer? because I can't see anybody gaining anything.  (Jul 24, 2014 | post #49)

Barbourville, KY

Stivers Center fixes

There are lot of things in life we can look back on and say shouldn't have done that. But we're here now and I don't want them to close it down and have it gone.  (Jul 24, 2014 | post #46)

Barbourville, KY

Stivers Center fixes

BabyBoomer: you are correct that Medicare will pay for silver sneakers. Like I said in the beginning I think the space for strength and fitness for all program needs to be expanded to include better equipment that all could use. So if I could ask again what would people like to see in stivers if they got more money or a private individual took over. I think more space, larger fitness area (baptist), racquetball, walking track etc..  (Jul 24, 2014 | post #44)

Barbourville, KY

Stivers Center fixes

I have spoke to a few people who are directly involved with the center but I am not sure where that got me. We'll see. Like I said if God would grant me the financial opportunity to be able to take over and expand and take over I would do it in a heart beat.  (Jul 24, 2014 | post #37)

Barbourville, KY

Stivers Center fixes

If it were me and God granted me the finical opportunity to purchases this and expand it I would expand the building to include a full strength and cardio areas, basketball court, some type of community kitchen, racquetball courts, walking track, and have a daycare for parents who want to exercise but can't because they don't have solid daycare. I would also include the daycare (while you were at the center) in the membership costs. Additionally there would be rules and regulations that everybody had to follow. 1. No one under the age of 16 in any strength or fitness area unless supervised by a parent. 2. No one under the age of 12 at any time in the strength or fitness areas. 3. if you do not rerack the weights and put them back in the proper areas you could loose your membership. (Maybe a 3 strike system) same with cleaning sweat and stuff. you would need rules to keep the things nice. Additionally because this would be a 24hr area video would be reviewed each morning if things were left messy. you would also have to have strong managers who were not afraid to tell people to follow the rules and enforce them. Union graduates a lot of local students who have Human performance degrees who would love to work locally but don't have the opportunity to do so, but would now.  (Jul 24, 2014 | post #32)

Barbourville, KY

Stivers Center fixes

yes the center was built with a grant, but if they can't pay the bills it will close. I am not sure if they will get more grant federal money. But I doubt if a private investor came along and said I will pay all dept make sure bill are paid and invest in the infrastructure the federal people in charge would say no we would rather close it. So again I ask what would people like to see in a fitness center like this.  (Jul 24, 2014 | post #29)

Barbourville, KY

Stivers Center fixes

Ok so lets go back to my original post. Increase strength and cardio space (thinking Baptist or Gold's gym size), basketball court, possibly a community kitchen to help people cook healthy. Assuming a private investor were to come along and take over what would you like to see in a place like that. To me if a private investor were to come along a wellness guarantee it off of the table. I would add what I said above but would also include a top of the line tanning studio and combine membership packages. I would also make sure the tanning and all strength and cardio would be 24hrs a day key card access. I would also add a steam bath and sauna to the shower areas.  (Jul 24, 2014 | post #27)

Barbourville, KY

Stivers Center fixes

I know things we read in the paper and what others say should be taken with a grain of salt. With that being said the paper did report the center needed 300 more members to be at a break even point. So there may be a way to at least get to the point where it can sustain their bills but it will never get in the Black by much. So What are ways the center could add 300 additional memberships to what they have now.  (Jul 23, 2014 | post #23)

Barbourville, KY

Stivers Center fixes

So my original ideas were to get new equipment, increase space add a basketball court, possibly a community kitchen to encourage healthy eating. I see we are more interested in blaming the Mayor, the city counsel, the KCEOC, the swim teams and others. Who cares who's fault it is, we as a community should be able to suck it up and not play the blame game. Lets say the Center gets additional money to expand and grow, what do you think would attract more members and would be something that would get used. Again you can see what I said when I started this thread. Remember this has to be something health and wellness related.  (Jul 23, 2014 | post #21)

Barbourville, KY

Stivers Center fixes

I thought about something else last night that might be useful in this area. I was thinking in addition to new weight lifting equipment and space would be a community kitchen (similar to high school home economics) where classes could be conducted to teach people how to cook health food that they could incorporate into their daily lives.  (Jul 23, 2014 | post #2)

Barbourville, KY

Stivers Center fixes

Anybody have any ideas on how to fix the Wellness Center lets here them. Obviously Babourville didn't need a 50 meter pool, but guess what we have one so lets not talk about the pool. 1. The size of the cardio and fitness (weights) area is very inadequate and the equipment is close to terrible. For the center to recruit new members this would need to be addressed. I feel if the center were to expand the fitness areas and purchased new or at least remanufactured equipment, put in an indoor walking track, and made the fitness side 24hr access they could see close to an increase of 200-300 memberships. Remanufacture equipment would cost about 250-300000 for all cardio and weights and machines (similar set up to baptist). I feel is something like this would be added a lot of people who travel to pineville, middlesboro, corbin to workout would stay here. 2. In addition to the fitness area maybe a basketball court could be put in where kids can play ball while supervised and not have to play in an area (public court) where drugs might be. It would also gives kids a place to play in the winter who were not on a team who may just want to play or possibly with the number of local churches a mens league could be formed. I feel this problem is one because they spent money in an area (pool) that might have been better used in other areas. I also feel that the center is already marketed well and right now the only way to increase membership numbers to where they need to be is going to be spending money in an area that will bring in members and this is not the pool.  (Jul 21, 2014 | post #1)