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February 28. 2013 9:06PM

Grand opening planned for Claremont community center

CLAREMONT - The city will hold a grand opening for the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center on Saturday. The public is invited to come and meet the staff at 10 a.m. A ribbon cutting is planned for 11 a.m.

Magician Dylan Tenney will perform in the Grand Meeting Room at noon and at 2 p.m.

American Band will play in the Grand Meeting Room at 2:30 p.m. The National Institute of Modern Martial Arts is holding a demonstration in the gym at 12:30 p.m., followed by a pickle ball demonstration at 3 p.m.

The new community center replaces the Goodwin Community Center, which has buildings built in the 1800s, 1950s and 1970s, all of which are outdated and in need of renovations. The community center also has a game room, aerobics room, gym, elevated three-lane jogging track, and an eight-lane, 25-yard pool.

The $9 million project is named after the Claremont Savings Bank, which donated a third of the project costs.

Donations, grants and a $5.3 million city bond made up the remaining costs.

The bond for the project does not affect the tax rate, since two other city bonds will be paid off this year.

The low interest rates and low construction costs made it an attractive time to move forward with the project, city officials said. The building was built to LEED Silver certification standards with a tight thermal envelope and a white roof, which will save the center heating and cooling costs.

Two hiking trails intersect behind the community center, which is across the street from the Sugar Valley Regional Tech Center and Claremont Middle School, both on South Street.

Monadnock Park and Arrowhead Lodge ski area are also within close walking distance to the community center.

Annual memberships for Claremont residents are $120 for kids and seniors, $150 for individuals and $300 for families of up to four people. Additional family members can be added for $75 each. Membership prices go up 25 percent for nonresidents.


mpierce@newstote.com


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