Vince Rankine, 46, was one of the very first people to try the gym at the Timms Community Centre on opening day in February, 2016. “It’s an amazing facility,” he said.

The Timms centre is really, really busy and that’s very, very good

Stats for the first year of the new Langley City facility released

Saturdays were a good time to get in a workout at the old Timms Community Centre, Kim Hilton recalls, because there was hardly anyone there.

That has changed, considerably, since the new Timms Community Centre, at 20399 Douglas Cres., was officially opened on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016.

Saturdays are a lot busier, and so is every other day of the week, according to just-released figures for the first year of operations at Timms.

The 35,000 square-foot, $14.3 million facility has recorded 97,000 drop-in visits by people with passes, roughly three times the number of people living in the City.

“More and more people are using it,” said Hilton, the Director of Recreation, Culture and Community Services in the City of Langley.

“Our members are coming back again and again.”

The centre has had to add more fitness classes and to set caps on the number of people who can work out at one time to prevent overcrowding.

Senior fitness classes have been increased from three to five times a week.

The centre has also increased staff hours to add more people in maintenance and at the reception desk.

“It’s a good problem to have,” Hilton told the Times.

“We’re very pleased with the success.”

Drop-in basketball, the games room and the track are especially popular.

The City sells a $10 pass that allows clients one year of unlimited use of the games room and fitness track.

Timms currently has 8,488 unique members, not all of them City residents.

The high-tech workout machines are proving popular with people who have physical and mental disabilities, based on the 1,811 support workers who visited between February of last year and this year.

The new Timms Centre, which took 16 months to build, includes a full gymnasium with an upper level 100-metre indoor walking/running track, a weight/cardio room, showers and changing rooms, a spin room and two fitness studios with sprung floors.

The new building also houses all-purpose rooms for meetings (one of which is equipped to serve as an emergency operations centre) a games room, community kitchen, and outdoor patio space, which includes a rubberized mat for fresh-air fitness classes.

Graphics courtesy of the City of Langley