Park board approves fitness equipment bid for community center

Life Fitness, Midwest Commercial Fitness selected during monthly commissioners meeting

ROCHELLE — Residents and locals who plan to use the 24-hour fitness facility inside the future Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District recreation center will soon have an idea as to what exercise equipment will be made available.

The park district board of commissioners approved a combination bid from Life Fitness and Midwest Commercial Fitness for up to $242,000 during its monthly meeting at Rochelle City Hall on Monday. Life Fitness will provide the weightlifting exercise equipment, while MCF will deploy cardiovascular exercise equipment for use at the recreation center’s fitness facility.

“When Jackee [Ohlinger] and I started the process, we started labeling our goals and objectives for who we wanted to select,” recreation director T.C. Hager said. “We wanted a quality warranty and service and we wanted a trusted sales representative to be with us throughout the process. We wanted high quality equipment and we wanted the ability to outfit the facility for a multitude of different needs from our community, all at an affordable cost.”

The cost for equipment from Life Fitness and MCF will be roughly $219,000 with an estimated 10-percent contingency for possible additional equipment including wheelchair-accessible cardio equipment and potential upgrades. Four companies submitted bids for the community center’s fitness facility including Life Fitness, MCF, Matrix and Direct Fitness Solutions.

“What the approval for tonight does is it allows us to go back to the companies and award the bid so we can put together our floorplan layout,” executive director Jackee Ohlinger said. “We can bring that plan to Ringland-Johnson Construction so we can line up the electrical outlets for our cardio equipment. We want our layout set before the flooring goes in.”

The park board approved up to $30,000 in funding for new recreation software and hardware to be used at park district facilities including the future community center. The software will come in the newest form of RecTrac from Vermont Systems. The board also approved an ordinance to sell excess Kids Ground materials to the public.


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