Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Neighborhood Club open house begins new year

by the Grosse Pointe News

January 03, 2013

After 16 months of construction, the Neighborhood Club Recreation and Wellness Center opens for a community open house preview from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5.

The community is invited to check out the new facility before it officially opens for business Monday, Jan. 7.

Staff will conduct tours and show visitors and members everything the facility offers.

The facility’s first floor is equipped with a warm-water, zero-depth entry pool with a children’s play area and a separate area with lap lanes for swimming and water walking. American Red Cross swim lessons, water aerobic classes and special events are offered throughout the year. On the same floor is a 4,900-square-foot fitness center with state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment, circuit training machines and a free-weight area. A fitness studio, located within the fitness center, will host more than 30 classes. Across the hall from the fitness center is the gymnasium, with six basketball hoops, a batting cage and in-court standards to accommodate volleyball and pickleball. The first floor also has a generously sized community room that can be rented for birthday parties and other special events. Party packages include use of the gymnasium or pool and can include pizza and other refreshments.

The second floor is home to the Neighbor-hood Club’s preschool and administrative offices. There are also two fully equipped conference rooms available to rent for meetings, training sessions and other events.

The lower level of the facility is where rowing and other fitness classes will be held. The Sports Enhancement Center is also on that level. It is designed to help athletes 8 years old and up learn effective training and exercise techniques to help prevent common injuries and improve performance.

Membership to the facility is required to use the fitness center, fitness studio, open gym times and the pool, with the exception of the swim lessons, which are an additional cost and open to nonmembers as well. The Neighborhood Club is running membership specials that expire Jan. 31 — purchase an annual membership and receive the 13th month free, as well as have the enrollment fee waived. Those who purchase an annual family membership receive 50 percent off qualifying youth leagues through 2013.

The facility will be open 105 hours each week.

Hours are:

5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday

5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday

7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Hours will be slightly reduced in the summer.

Beaumont Health System, a long-term tenant, uses 25 percent of the space in the building offering adult physical therapy in an area adjoining the Neighborhood Club’s Fitness Center. Services for diagnosing and treating childhood learning concerns and pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapy are also offered at the Neighborhood Club.

The John A. and Mar-lene L. Boll Center for Human Development, Beaumont Children’s Hospital, on the second floor, offers diagnostic and therapeutic services for a wide range of learning or developmental concerns including toileting or feeding issues; social skills training; and general behavior management.

Individual and group treatments, recommendations for home programs and family education are also available.

The Neighborhood Club continues to offer all of its current recreational and educational programs and maximizes the use of existing community facilities. For more information on the Neighborhood Club and the new facility, visit