D.C. to Eliminate Fees at City-Run Fitness Centers in 2016 | NBC4 Washington

D.C. to Eliminate Fees at City-Run Fitness Centers in 2016

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    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who's emphasizing fitness, ordered the the Department of Parks and Recreation to eliminate the daily $5 fee and yearly $125 fee for district residents using fitness gyms in 22 city ecreation centers. Tom Sherwood reports. (Published Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015)

    Fulfilling a New Year's resolution to exercise more just got cheaper for D.C. residents.

    Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and the city's Department of Parks and Recreation announced Wednesday that fees at city-run fitness centers will be eliminated next year, the Washington Post reported.

    The Department maintains fitness centers -- which house standard gym equipment such as ellipticals, stationary bikes and free weights -- at 22 recreation centers in the city. For D.C. residents, it currently costs $125 for yearly access and $5 for daily access.

    The cost for non-residents, who will still have to pay in 2016, is $150 per year.

    City spokesman Jordan Bennet says the fees generated about $10,000 annually, but city leaders decided the money generated wasn't worth the number of people who might be dissuaded from using the facilities because of the cost.

    "This is a great opportunity because there are a lot of people who simply can't afford memberships at a boutique gym," said Gwendolyn Crump, of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation.

    The new policy goes into effect New Year's Day.