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Fun and Fitness

Fun and Fitness

Opportunities for fun and fitness abound at the 72,000-square-foot Worthington Community Center, operated by the Worthington Parks & Recreation Department. The center offers a variety of programs, camps, free special events, fitness experiences and rental opportunities for meetings or private parties.

The facility at 345 E. Wilson Bridge Road includes two gymnasiums, an art room, a pottery studio, public meeting rooms, two pools, an indoor track and fitness floor, and a child care room. Fitness enthusiasts can enjoy cardio and free weight equipment, personal training and a walking track, or join a group fitness class, such as Zumba, spinning, aquatics classes or boot camp class. Two gymnasiums make it possible to offer a variety of programs for all ages, including volleyball, basketball and softball leagues.

The aquatics facility boasts two indoor pools, including a leisure pool with a giant slide, children’s slide and lazy river, and a fitness pool for lap swimming. Both children and adults can learn new creative skills in a variety of art classes, including ceramics, scrapbooking, stained glass and jewelry-making.

The Community Center is open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Family Nights on Fridays provide an opportunity to enjoy all the building has to offer at no cost. Family Night privileges include access to the arts and gyms; on some nights, swimming is available for $3.

Membership includes the aquatics facility, fitness facility, and access to the locker rooms. Other offerings are priced la carte. Worthington residents and employees of Worthington-based businesses are eligible for a membership discount. Annual, monthly and daily membership options are available, and there are special rates for youth, senior citizens and corporations. For more information, visit: www.worthington.org or call (614) 436-2743.

Parks and pathways also offer outdoor recreational opportunities to enjoy athletics, passive recreation, natural vegetation and wildlife. The city maintains more than 221 acres of developed and natural public areas. Neighborhood parks and playgrounds have been conveniently placed throughout the community. A recreational pathway along the Olentangy River was completed in 1977. The Class 1 bike path features grassy open spaces, two neighborhood play areas and neighborhood sports fields. In 1981, tennis courts were added, and in 2006, the path was extended an additional mile to where it now ends at Worthington Hills.

Dogs and their owners can sit and stay at one of the area’s newest amenities, the Godown Road Dog Park at 6099 Godown Road, just west of Linworth Road. The award-winning park features a combination of rolling terrain, mature trees, and landscaping with grass, mulch and boulders. The specially designed area, open 365 days a year from dawn to dusk, includes separate fenced areas for small dogs and large dogs. Both areas are shaded and include benches, water fountains for both dogs and people, paved parking and an information kiosk. The park was created through a partnership of the cities of Worthington and Columbus and the fundraising and coordinating support of a citizens group, Worthington Organized Off-leash Friends (WOOF).

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