BY JAMES HARPER
The Midtown Educational and Cultural Center opened in Daytona Beach last May and the Yvonne Scarlett Golden Cultural Center is scheduled to open next month.
Neither center has a fitness center with free weights and nautilus equipment.
That’s not the case at the John H. Dickerson Center, which recently acquired all the weights and equipment from the city’s employee gym, which is no longer operating.
Prior to installing the equipment, Joe Chirillo, facility manager for the Dickerson Center, said the city had a makeshift fitness center with some weights and equipment at least 20 years old.
Chirillo said the Dickerson Center now has about 40 pieces in addition to free weights new to the center and available to the public for free.
“It’s more updated equipment. It rivals any paid for gym,” said Chirillo.
‘Full body workout’
Chirillo said that since the equipment was installed last month, attendance at the center has more than tripled and there is room for more. It is open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“You can get a full body workout,” Chirillo said. Although the city has no personal trainers, members of his staff are knowledgeable about the equipment.
Chirillo said the center also has expanded the fitness center into another area for women who may be uncomfortable working around men. The free weights are primarily used by men.
The John H. Dickerson Center is located at 308 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.
For more information, call the city’s Leisure Services Department at 386-671-8337.