Carver Rec Center: Rejoining the Ranks of the Cville Fitness Scene

Posted on March 6, 2013 by

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On a recent sunny Sunday afternoon, I stopped by the newly renovated Carver Recreation Center to take a quick tour and see what they have to offer. What I found was both impressive and surprising.

carver, copyright cville nichevLocated in the vibrant Jefferson School City Center, the new Carver is a two-floor facility made up of more than 30,000 sq. ft. of recreational space. Amenities include basketball and volleyball courts, cardiovascular and strength training equipment, studios for group exercise, arts & crafts, dance, gymnastics and yoga, and a 5,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose room for activities like roller skating, teen dances and movies.

Now, let’s be honest. The words “community center” can sometimes conjure up images of a cramped, dimly lit space full of treadmills and outdated exercise machines. But the new Carver is a beautiful, modern facility with top-of-the-line equipment, a jam-packed group exercise schedule, airy studios with large windows that allow natural light to pour in, and the kind of energetic “buzz” you would hope to find in a community center.

When I stopped in for my visit, kids were laughing and playing together, adults
were working out and sharing conversation, children’s art adorned the walls in
bright, cheery colors, and everywhere I looked people were smiling and enjoying
the atmosphere and camaraderie. I realized that the new Carver is like a
reflection of Charlottesville itself – a diverse, modern place where people can share
ideas, take care of each other and have a lot of fun in the process.

carver2, copyright cville nicheGroup classes at Carver include everything from core conditioning, boot camp and cardio kickboxing, to yoga, Pilates and Alexander Technique lessons. Spinning, Zumba, hip-hop dance – you name it, Carver’s got it.
One of the most exciting things about all of this is how affordable it is for a membership. For city residents, an individual adult membership costs just $39 a month. No initiation fees, no annoying term contracts. You can also choose to pay for six months or a year all at once for a better value.
And – this is big – a Carver Recreation Access Pass gives you unlimited access to Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center. That’s unlimited access to TWO fitness centers, for the price of one.

To be fair, I can’t compare the new Carver to the old Carver, because I never saw the old one. But if you’re looking for a place where you can get or stay fit while strengthening your bond with the community, then the new Carver is the place for you. Stop in and see for yourself. I promise you’ll want to go back.

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