Abingdon, VA's Coomes Recreation Center
Harry L. Coomes Recreation Center provides indoor and outdoor fitness for area residents.
PHOTO CREDIT: Ian Curcio
The Harry L. Coomes Recreation Center has grown to a membership of 2,300 people since 1994.
The Abingdon facility still looks as good as it did in 1994 when the doors first opened. Besides its regular membership, the center also welcomes an additional 120,000 daily-fee visitors every year.
Membership dues vary at the Coomes Center, with different fee packages available for individuals, families, college students, senior citizens and corporate clients. For non-members, there is a daily guest fee of $3.50 that allows patrons to access all of the amenities offered.
Those amenities include an indoor basketball court, an elevated indoor running track, 25-yard indoor pool, 50-meter Olympic-sized outdoor pool and an outdoor play station for kids. There is also a weight/cardio room, meeting room, computer room and four outdoor tennis courts, and the center recently added a 2/3-mile walking trail around the perimeter of the building.
There is a skate park on the grounds, and parents in particular can appreciate summertime outdoor amenities such as a water slide for children and a kiddy pool. The center also hosts a variety of classes and programs such as yoga‚ water aerobics‚ Pilates and karate.
The Coomes Rec Center can be an ideal place for senior citizens to keep in shape, with several specific programs targeted toward that age group. The programs include a walking club for ages 55 and older, and low-intensity arthritis water exercise classes.
The facilities at the center are also available to rent for conferences‚ meetings or special celebrations‚ with kitchen services available. The largest meeting room can seat up to 240 guests auditorium-style.
The Harry L. Coomes facility is named for a former town council member who served in Abingdon government for 47 years – an all-time record for a government official in the state of Virginia.
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