Ida Alive Recognizes the Ida Grove Rec Center
Ida Alive recently recognized the Ida Grove Rec Center for their efforts promoting wellness.
Chelsea Grove, Director of the Ida Grove Rec Center is an active partner of Ida Alive. “Community wellness is crucial to the vitality of a community,” shared Chelsea. “It is important in order to attract people to live and work in the community.”
The Ida Grove Recreation Center opened in December 2003, funded by the generous donations of individuals and businesses from the local community. It is now owned and operated by the city of Ida Grove.
The facilities include a weight room with cardio equipment, an aerobics room, a community room available for rent, a gymnasium with a walking track, a racquetball court, an interactive golf simulator and putting practice, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a hot tub, sauna, children's pool, and a children's playroom. They offer classes and events all year round.
When questioned about the rec center’s wellness strategies, Chelsea believes it is important to focus on creating an “atmosphere” where people want to participate in all types of activities throughout the community. The Rec Center offers a variety of programs throughout the year. Some examples include: the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, the Iron Man Challenge every winter and Cooking Classes for Kids. Chelsea is proud to announce they will be hosting a Live Healthy Iowa 5K this spring.
When asked what challenges Chelsea and the Rec Center face incorporating wellness into the community, Chelsea said, “Competing for people’s time and financial barriers are our biggest challenges.”