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New Weight Training Equipment Gives Community a Lift


August 05, 2011

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska – The Saxman Community Center announced the opening of its new weight room which will provide Saxman and Ketchikan residents with a new, low-cost opportunity to get fit and train for their favorite sports.

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Saxman Community Center's new weight room
Photo courtesy Saxman Community Center

The Saxman Community Center’s new weight room includes commercial quality machines designed to build strength in shoulders, arms, and legs, two complete bench press set-ups, assorted dumbbells, and adjustable sit-up benches.

The equipment was purchased through grant funding provided by the Rasmuson Foundation, and rounds out an ongoing capital improvement project for the Saxman Community Center.  In recent months, the Charlotte Martin Foundation, American Seafoods, and the Ruben E. Crossett Fund also helped purchase new sports equipment and lockers for children, and net systems for volleyball, tennis, and badminton.  The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority provided funding to purchase treadmills, elliptical machines, and exercise bikes.

In addition to funding the purchase of weight training equipment, funding from the Rasmuson Foundation was used to create an elevator allowing better access for elders and people with disabilities, and an outdoor canopy system featuring a large cedar bear screen carved by artist Nathan Jackson. 

Saxman’s grant coordinator, Jason Custer, remarked:  “Two years ago, the Saxman Community Center was an empty building.  We are thankful to the foundation funders who recognized the facility’s potential, and have provided Saxman’s families with new opportunities for recreation and healthy living.”

The Saxman Community Center is available for use by Ketchikan and Saxman residents alike.  For information regarding facility hours, contact the Saxman Community Center at 907-247-4178, or .



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