Opening of Claremont Savings Bank Community Center Coming Soon
CLAREMONT, NH -The clock on their website is counting down to the ribbon-cutting event and grand opening of the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center on Feb. 16. Local businesses, community members and developers who have contributed to the project anticipate the opening of the spacious new building.
Claremont Savings Bank’s $3 million contribution to the $8.8 million project is “unheard of from a local business,” according to Justin Martin, superintendent of recreation programs at the center. CSB also donated the 1.75 parcel of land that the new community center on South Street sits on. As the name implies, developers hope the center will bring more community to the city. CSB donated the money and land for its 100th year anniversary.
“It’s our way of giving back to the community for their 100 years of support,” said President and CEO of the Claremont Savings Bank, Sherwood Moody.
The old community center on Broad Street was “unusable” and the city couldn’t keep up with the mounting costs to repair the building, according to Martin. Claremont was one of the first cities to have a community center, which was why there was such a push to create a fitness center of this magnitude. The center is large enough to accommodate weddings, meetings, exercise classes and other events.
“That’s the heart of why we wanted to do this,” Moody said. “It’s a focal point of our community, bringing people together for various reasons.”
CSB bought the 1.75 acres of land in the 1990s, but never had a purpose for it. The center is in an ideal place, behind the Sugar River Technical School, and close to the Arrowhead recreation area. “It’s so centrally located. It’s so important for (the center) to be in a place where people can use it. We never had a good purpose for the land, we were looking for a good purpose, and we found it,” said Moody. Other local businesses have also made contributions to the center. Claremont Glassworks, for example, donated windows to the building.
The new center has something for everybody; the 5,400 square-foot fitness room will have treadmills, bikes and other equipment. There is an elevated track and a 6-hoop basketball court area, which is multi-functional with painted boundary lines for various activities; including tennis, volleyball and hopscotch. There are also two pools, one of which is 8 lanes and 25 yards. The community center will make fitness fun with a ping pong table as well as Xbox Connect and Wii gaming devices.
“This isn’t just for the elite athlete, it’s for everyone; it’s for someone just learning how to swim or someone who’s been swimming for years,” said Martin.
The pool was filled a couple weeks ago and finish work is left to be completed as the open date draws nearer.
“I think it will be a way of drawing people to Claremont,” Moody said.
150 memberships have already been sold at very reasonable prices. The center plans to be open seven days a week. Yearly memberships for residents for a family of four are $300, $250 for a single adult, and $120 for youth or seniors. Family memberships for nonresidents are $375 for the year. The Park and Recreation Department can be reached by calling 603-542-7019.