RECC w alking/jogging track fees dropped

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TRURO – Advertised walking/jogging track membership fees at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC) have been lifted and the track will be available to all users at no charge when it opens on March 3 at noon.

Although there is no fee, a donation box will be set up with all proceeds going back into RECC operations for such things as future facility improvements.

The advertised annual fees had been set at $199 for adults, $149 for seniors and students/youths, and $399 for a family a four.

The decision to drop them resulted after consultations between the Town of Truro, County of Colchester and the RECC operating board.

 “A goal since the early planning phases of the project was to ensure that the centre is accessible and available to the community,” said Colchester mayor Bob Taylor in a news release.  “We are thrilled to deliver the news that the track will be available at no charge and look forward to seeing it in use.”

The track, located at the top of the seating bowl in the arena, measures 250 metres, making four trips around one kilometre. The arena section of the RECC will open with the first Truro Bearcats Junior A hockey game on March 2. However, given the anticipated crowd, RECC management decided to open the track to the public the next day.

Full opening details are available on the centre’s website

Organizations: Rath Eastlink Community Centre

Geographic location: Colchester

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Recent comments

  • TruroResident
    March 01, 2013 - 12:57

    Sadly, even though my family income is 6 figures we cannot afford the membership fees. I want this facility to succeed but I am skeptical that it will.

  • gailsnair
    February 22, 2013 - 17:32

    my husband & I can't wait to start walking it !!!

  • WTG
    February 22, 2013 - 09:23

    Strarting to listen to Us, thought this new facilitay was only going to cater to the wealthy, now We can't wait to see the pool/gym prices slashed enough to allow the average citizen in this Community to use it.. gotta at least match and maybe a little more than the NSCC was charging, offering couple's rates will increase users, a family that plays together stays together theory.. senior rates are also attractive.. We need this facility badly but no good to anyone if the bucks are not available.. Families are being hit hard with home heating oil expenses and power rate increases.. not to mention gas price increases and inevitable grocery cost increases.. not a lot left over for fitness/health.. not suggesting it should be free just needs to be affordable for the minimum wage earner as well as the upper level income earner..

  • dave
    February 22, 2013 - 07:36

    2 questions. 1) in the budget for this year at the recc - how much money were they planning on taking in from the walking track and 2) where will this money come from now??

  • Mark Austin
    February 21, 2013 - 18:21

    This is welcome news and it is good to see responsiveness to rational public opinion. What I don't get is where the idea to charge came from or was approved understanding is that the pay-what-u-will approach was the original plan. Let's hope this is one more in a series of steps to make this community facility welcoming to all.

  • Charles
    February 21, 2013 - 18:04

    While your on a roll you should make ALL fees a little more realistic. making the public pay 10's of million to build then robbing us with super high fees is a slap in the face!!

    • youwanttoplayyougotpay
      February 25, 2013 - 04:50

      If you buy a big expensive luxury automobile you'd best be prepared to open up your wallet at the gas pump and for insurance. If you buy the 4cylinder compact you can get where you need to go for less. Truro (read Bearcats) wanted the latest Hummer and got it- not pretty, expensive to run and mostly a status symbol. Does anyone agree/disagree that the facility is designed for its main tenant- the Bearcats! It was not built with the average Joe in mind- average Joe's drive compacts!