The Kent Environmental Council endorses Issue 8, supporting the capital cost through the sale of bonds to build a Kent Health and Wellness Center on property on Haymaker Parkway and Middlebury Road. This will be a community health and wellness center that will provide space and programming across the life span. While many people use the health and wellness center at KSU, some community members are not comfortable sharing the space with college students, for whom it is primarily intended to serve and who fund it through their student activity fee. A new facility will also provide convenient space for youth sports programs during the winter months. Kent Parks and Recreation is already renting space to provide space for youth programming in the colder months. Also planned is leasing space to a medical partner, to provide seamless physical therapy and exercise programming for people recovering from injury or surgery, a critical factor in full recovery. An indoor track is planned to allow for walking or running during the colder months. Space is planned for programming directed at older citizens. The new facility’s location across from Fred Fuller park will allow for easy walking and bicycle access using the hike and bike trail, as well as the potential for outdoor rentals to enjoy outdoor recreation during the winter months.
The owner of a home valued at $100,000 will have a monthly cost of $7.43; a senior’s cost will be $5.57. Staying healthy is an investment in your future and in the future of Kent.
More information can be found at the Parks and Rec website.