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City of Bluefield acquires ownership of community center


The Greater Bluefield Community Center is now known as the City of Bluefield Fitness and Recreation Center after the city acquired ownership under the parks and recreation department.

The city of bluefield says acquiring the facility was a move for the people of Bluefield. 

Director Chris Ridlehuber says the city wants to provide an environment for members of all ages 

"I think people hungry for something. Everybody wants more. They don't want to drive somewhere else for a program or to go exercise at a facility. 

Ridelhuber says coming together provides the center with access to more resources

"What do you do when you have a computer problem? Call I.T. and they'll come take care of it. Public works, scraping our parking lot. We also have a police department, a fire department, code enforcement, and engineer. There's a lot of resources that we have that they didn't really have and that's really the whole point of it."

Ridlehuber says he wants to incorporate an on-boarding process for new members to tend to their specific health needs.

"How can we help you reach your goals and objectives and help you live a healthy lifestyle and then plug you into classes that have support."

Ridlehuber says some of the original staff members will remain employed, but they are looking to hire more employees right away.

The city has posted a list of their open positions on the city website

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