After an eight-month wait, city officials unveiled The Keller Pointe’s $2.7 million face-lift last Saturday during a grand reopening ceremony.
"This award-winning facility opened in 2004, and I'm proud to say that it remains the best family-friendly fitness and aquatics center in the region," Mayor Mark Mathews said. "Every year, it seems, we've added more events, more programs, more classes and more customers - and so we knew as a city council that it was time to add more space and give this popular, 12-year-old facility a facelift.”
Key renovations included a 3,500-square-foot building extension, which added new fitness space and training equipment; improvements to the stay ’n play childcare area, and retiling the outside pool and repainting the water slides.
The overhaul to the facility, was a long time coming, Keller Pointe Manager Mike Mashburn said.
“We were very cramped,” he said. “Adding space was a big deal.”
James Reed, a Keller resident and five-year Keller Pointe member, agreed.
“I love it,” he said. “I looked into going to 24-hour fitness even though it cost more. I do not have to do that anymore because they answered the call.”
Keller resident Morris Sloan, who uses the facility up to six days per week, looks forward to less of a wait for workout equipment.
“We have room and we aren’t right on top of each other,” he said.
With 70 percent of the clientele being made up of families, improving the childcare area was also very important, Mashburn said.
“Before, kids didn’t want to come here,” he said. “It had a floor to ceiling makeover.”
Major improvements to the childcare facility included a tablet station, a sectioned off area for non-walkers; and brighter paint colors for the room, Mashburn said.
“We now not only have the best facility in the area, but the best value for families” Mashburn said.
The project was funded by a combination of the Keller Pointe operating funds and the Keller Development Corp., which uses a dedicated half-cent of sales tax revenue to fund parks and recreation capital projects, Keller Public Information Officer Rachel Reynolds said via email. The facilities operating funds will also be used to repay the Keller Development Corp., she said.