Health club looks to expand daycare (2/11/10)

Feb. 11, 2010

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

Sports & Fitness Edge hopes to double its preschool facility, but at the same time shrink its field house. The company, located on Wellness Avenue, submitted a proposal to the town’s Planning Department last month detailing anticipated changes. By expanding the club’s daycare and preschool by 12,000 square feet, the nearly 58,000 square-foot field house would lose a tennis court, according to plans.

Representatives from Sports & Fitness Edge are expected to go before the Development Review Board at 7:30 p.m. on March 9 at Town Hall.

Laurie Adams, club manager for Williston’s Sports & Fitness Edge, said demand for the company’s childcare program made it necessary for an expansion.

“Right now, we have a waiting list over a mile long,” Adams said.

Currently, 80 students, from infants through 5-year-old children, enroll in the Kids & Fitness program. The expansion would bring that number to 160 children, Adams said. The Sports & Fitness Edge underwent a similar addition at its Essex club last year, she added.

The Kids & Fitness program offers daycare for the youngest children and preschool classes for the older ones. An academic curriculum is mixed in with fitness-based activities, including swimming, tennis and gymnastics, Adams said. According to the Sports & Fitness Edge Web site, the facility offers a combination of full-day and half-day programs. A full-day program for this school year costs $217 per week for preschool, $229 per week for toddlers and $251 per week for infants.

Along with the expanded program, the club plans to hire around 20 people for daycare and preschool positions, Adams said.

The club will lose a ball court in the field house, used for tennis, basketball and other sports. Adams said the loss of the court should not be an issue for patrons and the club will accommodate people during peak hours.

Once Sports & Fitness Edge presents to the Development Review Board later this month, the club will make an official announcement, Adams said. Depending on the outcome of the review process, the expansion could occur later this year, Adams said.