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Adult activity nights to begin in Two Harbors

Late winter and early spring weather on Minnesota's North Shore can make it tough for residents looking to increase their physical fitness or get out and try a new sport or activity. Beginning in March, however, adults in Two Harbors will have an opportunity to do just that twice a week at Two Harbors High School.

The Two Harbors Recreation Board and city recreation director Tim Reppe have worked with the school district to provide adults 18 and older with opportunities to come over to the school two evenings a week beginning March 8 to use the pool for swimming laps, the fitness center at the high school or the gym to play basketball, volleyball or other sports for just $30 over three months.

"Spring time around here isn't always the greatest and you can't always get outside to do things," Reppe said. "So we thought we'd try to open up things here at the school for adults, we do a lot of things for kids especially in the summer and throughout the year, but not as many things for adults."

From 7-9 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday beginning March 8 and every Tuesday and Thursday in April and May, the gym, pool and fitness center will be open for members of the community to come work out or play some sports. Lake Superior School District's community education program opens the pool for lap swimming in the mornings before school, but the Rec Board thought more adults would be able to take advantage of some of the nicest facilities in town if it was also open at night.

"(Reppe) proposed the idea and I think as a group, the board thought this was a wonderful opportunity for adults to have something during those months when we are weighting for spring and there aren't a lot of activities that people can do with the weather being a little sketchy," Two Harbors City Council president and Rec Board member Cathy Erickson said.

Reppe also works at the high school teaching physical education and health classes and his position gave him a unique opportunity to help make the idea a reality for adults in the community.

In addition to the pool, the fitness center has free weights and machines for lifting and a variety of cardiovascular machines including treadmills, stationary bikes and elliptical trainers. Since the Two Harbors gym has three separate spaces that can be separated, the Rec Board will be able to simultaneously offer basketball, volleyball and pickleball or badminton.

"I feel like Tim's philosophy was let's throw something out there and see what sticks and see which activities garner the most interest and then we can use that to modify future opportunities to provide something based on what we find out here," Erickson said.

The two hour time window will also allow participants to engage in multiple activities as well. They will be able to swim for an hour and after getting dried off, they can go play or shoot some basketball or try their hand at pickleball.

Even better, at just $30 for three months, the adult activity nights offer a great value, in addition to more variety, when compared to a gym membership. The Rec Board hopes there will be enough money to cover the cost of having people staff the pool, fitness center and gym, but otherwise, they're not looking to make money on the venture.

"The intention of this is not a revenue generator, it's to provide an activity," Erickson said. "If it comes to it and it covers the cost of the activity, great. It's more so to put something out there to see what people in the community might find of interest and provide an opportunity to do something."

Adults 18 and over looking to participate must go to Two Harbors City Hall to sign up and pay the fee. For more information or for those looking to staff the adult activity nights, contact Reppe at treppe@isd318.org.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle in August 2015. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and previously worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. He is the beat writer for the Lake County Board of Commissioners, Lake Superior School District board of education and high school sports in Lake County. 

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