Residents worked up over workout centre’s closure
NDG Free Press, February 14, 2012
By Isaac Olson
Nautilus Plus, a private gym located at 6585 Mackle near Cavendish, is closing its doors at the end of February, leaving its customers feeling more than a little frustrated and a city looking to help where it can.
“We have been at the Cavendish location since 1986,” stated customer service representative Sylvie Linteau in an email after the Free Press tried, through various means over a period of nearly two weeks, to get an interview. “We have done our best to maintain the activities of the club. Unfortunately, the operations have not been successful for several years and with the lease coming to an end, the company has made a business decision to close the club.”
Côte St. Luc residents like Estie Radowitz-Walsh and George Anisef have confirmed that, in a circulated notice, members were invited to either cancel their membership or use one of the company’s other locations. But the closure is frustrating for people like the 84-year-old Anisef, who moved to the area so he could be closer to the facility “There’s a group of us that play squash, racquetball and handball, but we have nowhere else to go,” said Anisef. “We’re hoping somebody, maybe somebody who already owns similar facilities, will be interested in the gym and take it over.”
Ratowitz-Walsh said she regularly used the exercise equipment at the Nautilus and is not interested in travelling outside of CSL to train. She said she and fellow members are trying to convince the city to improve the fitness component of the new Aquatics and Community Centre (ACC).
Councillor Mitchell Brownstein noted there is an effort by city officials to augment the ACC’s fitness facility and other features to make up for the closure but, he added, “We can’t really add squash or racquetball courts at this point.” If, prior to construction, the city had known Nautilus was planning on closing, there may have been more opportunity to add different features that accommodate residents. As it is now, every room has its purpose, he said, but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. “I’m sure there’s something we can do,” said Brownstein. “I’m sure we can find some room for some more equipment somewhere.”
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