On March 23, I blogged about the Athletic Club renovations. Here’s their official press release with additional details about the much needed and much anticipated upcoming project.
The White Mountain Athletic Club located at 98 Valley Road is announcing a major $700,000 renovation project to improve their facility.
“This is a very exciting time for the White Mountain Athletic Club and its membership,” stated Tom Gross, Jr. President, “Five years ago we made our facility fully accessible by installing an elevator servicing all four floors, we constructed a new front desk, lobby and a new pro shop. Now, the time has come to address our aquatic features, bring them up to date and make our pools accessible to all those who need that service.”
Beginning in April, the White Mountain Athletic Club will begin major construction on a new indoor gunite 24-meter pool, a gunite kids pool, two new 18-person gunite hot tubs, HVAC, and major renovations to the men’s and women’s locker rooms and hallway.
“Our property owners who have supported the club for so many years deserve the best, and it is very important for us to invest their money back into a facility they can be proud of,” Gross said. “In addition to our core membership, the WVBBTS and the Waterville Valley Hockey Institute have many world class athletes training in the Club so we have to move as they move, build as they build and grow as they grow. These improvements will enhance everyone’s experience.”
The White Mountain Athletic Club was built in 1985 by the Waterville Company and purchased in 1995 by the White Mountain Athletic Club, Inc. Rene Schwartz has been the General Manager since 1995 and says the time is perfect for these improvements. “With new pools, and a new pool HVAC system, members can expect a better environment and constant water temperature. The kiddie pool will have a half dozen water jets and the hot tubs will be a major upgrade for our members and athletes. They’re huge!” He adds, “Everyone wins – a deeper deep end for aquatic workouts, two lap lanes, family swim and a much larger kid’s wade pool area.”
Schwartz added, “These renovations hopefully will increase interest in our memberships. We have memberships ranging from midweek non-holiday to full 7-day access with unlimited use of our outdoor tennis center. With these improvements, we hope sustaining non-active members will join in a more robust membership to enjoy the new amenities.”
The White Mountain Athletic Club offers two indoor tennis courts, a jogging track, a racquetball court, cardio room, weight training facilities, steam rooms, saunas, locker rooms, yoga/stretch studio, a full service pro shop, a game room, an outdoor Olympic size swimming pool, massage spa, DVD/video rentals, and is home to the Coyote Grill.
“The valley has one of the greatest restaurants in the state with the Coyote Grill.” Gross said, “Coyote Owner Sean Stout has been with us since the beginning and always creates an outstanding dining experience, so to have our shareholders approve this major renovation will not only benefit our club, but also his business. We are very fortunate to have Sean and the Coyote with us and we look forward to many more years together.”
The indoor pools, and hot tubs have been designed and will be constructed by Quality Pools out of Nashua, Kelly’s Improvements will construct the locker room and hall renovations (some of which are already completed), and American Air Systems will handle the HVAC. The project should take about three months to complete provided any unforeseen circumstances don’t arise. Plans are to get the outdoor pool open early and heated for swimmers.
The White Mountain Athletic Club also owns and operates the 18-clay court Waterville Valley Tennis Center complex located in the historic north end of Waterville Valley, which was recently named one of the top 25 tennis resorts in the world by tennisresortsonline.com.
For membership information or further questions please contact Rene Schwartz at the White Mountain Athletic Club or call 236-8303. For those of you who have been with us for 20 years – or just one year – thank you for your patience and your continued support of our club, we all really appreciate it.