Stanhope to open fitness center

Residents in Stanhope, Iowa will soon have 24-hour access to fitness equipment and workout space with the completion of the new Stanhope Fitness Center. The city, with assistance from the Stanhope Fitness Center Committee, plans to open the facility by November 1.

“The fitness center will help improve the health and quality of life of area residents, as well as provide space to create physical fitness support groups and friendships in the community,” said committee member Staci Olthoff. “It will be an amenity to those in and around the community as well as an incentive for those considering moving to the area.”

Over one-third of the $13,000 project has been raised through successful fundraising events, donations and grants. Heartland recently awarded the city a $5,000 economic development grant to help purchase equipment.

“Community wellness centers offer a variety of benefits, ranging from economic to personal health,” said Heartland Director of Economic Development Ryan Brown. “Stanhope’s fitness center will give purpose to a vacant building, provide a convenient exercise space for local patrons and add to the city’s appeal. It will also help improve the overall well-being of residents, which is an important aspect of community development.”

The committee is making multiple improvements to the formerly vacant space, including new electrical outlets, security cameras, energy efficient lighting and more. The center will feature commercial-grade cardio and  resistance equipment.

A survey conducted in the community showed the majority of Stanhope residents were in favor of the center and were likely to be members. The committee hopes to keep membership rates low, allowing people of all income levels to use the facility.

Heartland awards economic development grants to projects that foster growth and development or increase the quality of life in the community. Heartland customers and their local economic development corporations are eligible to apply.