Council approves Genesis deal for health club at city’s Ice Center

The Wichita City Council has approved a deal for Genesis Health Clubs to build and operate a workout facility at the city-owned Wichita Ice Center.

A consultant for the project said Genesis will not give Genesis members discounts to use the Ice Center facility.

The plan calls for the city to float a bond to borrow $750,000 to remodel the second floor of the Ice Center into a health club. Genesis will pay off the bond debt and provide the exercise equipment and manage the facility for the city.

As its management fee, Genesis will keep 95 percent of the receipts from monthly passes and 80 percent of receipts from day-use fees.

Representatives of youth hockey and figure skating questioned the plan, saying it could limit opportunities for major regional or national competitions.

However, Genesis owner Rodney Steven said the glass partition walls and exercise equipment could be easily rolled out of the way to accommodate major events.