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August 22, 2018 Community Center opens Saturday
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The public will have its chance to see the new Kalona Community Center this weekend.

The city will host an open house at the new 20,000-square-foot facility from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for 1:30 p.m.

Workers have been putting the finishing touches on the building this week to prepare for Saturday’s event.

“If you go out into the building, there’s still a lot of tape around,” City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh told the Kalona City Council Monday night. “There are still some punchlist items that will be done by the end of the week.”

He said that the gym scoreboards will be installed Thursday, and that all the exercise equipment is in place.

The Washington County YMCA will be installing its computer equipment this week, as well.

City Council members will be at the open house Saturday to answer questions from people touring the facility. YMCA staffers will be on hand with membership sign-ups and giveaways.

The new building houses a 10,000-square-foot gym, a dedicated exercise classroom, two cardio/weight rooms, a dedicated spin room, an upstairs walking track, racketball courts, a child watch room, locker rooms, and is fully ADA compliant.

The facility cost approximately $5.4 million to build, of which, $3.9 million came from a city bond. The balance came from a $550,000 grant from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation, a $500,00 Enhance Iowa Grant and $450,000 from private donations and WCRF Municipal Savings.

While the open house at the Community Center is Saturday, it officially opens for business on Monday, Aug. 27.

“The key card system goes live at 5 a.m., Monday,” Schlabaugh said.

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