The Edgar May Health and Recreation Center will close its doors on Monday, March 16th at 9pm until March 31st. Even though we passionately believe that exercise and good nutrition offer the best protection against this virus and a great many illnesses, both chronic and acute, we are taking this measure as we believe it is the right thing to do for our community. We did not make this decision lightly and recognize the inconvenience it will cause our valued members and program participants. However, our overarching concern is the health of our region. Stay tuned for things the EdgarMay will be providing during this shutdown to continue to provide our community with the opportunities and resources to live an active and healthy lifestyle.
What you can do to help:
Email us with questions or concerns. Let us know if we can help you in any way possible.
Keep yourself and your family healthy and well. Eat nutritiously, stay active, and get plenty of rest.
Follow the EdgarMay on Facebook and stay up-to-date on the latest news. We will also have daily information on how to stay active and healthy at home.
Continue your membership billing as normal. This will help ensure the vitality of our organization and our ability to continue to deliver on our mission of providing the opportunities and resources necessary for people of all ages to live an active and healthy lifestyle.
Be well, Be safe.
Even though we passionately believe that exercise and good nutrition offer the best protection against this virus and a great many illnesses, both chronic and acute, we are taking this measure as we believe it is the right thing to do for our community. We did not make this decision lightly and recognize the inconvenience it will cause our valued members and program participants. However, our overarching concern is the health of our region. Stay tuned for things the EdgarMay will be providing during this shutdown to continue to provide our community with the opportunities and resources to live an active and healthy lifestyle.
The EdgarMay will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations of, state, and federal health professionals with the hope of reopening as soon as possible.
We understand that you will have many questions. Please know, our first priority will be to ensure our employees are taken care of. We will respond to your questions as soon as possible. Below please find an FAQ section where we've done our best to anticipate your concerns.
Please be well, take all precautions for yourself and your families and know that we are here for you no matter what the situation. The EdgarMay and our region is a strong community and will come together in any way possible to get through these difficult times.
Be safe and be well.
Edgar May Health and Recreation Center
Frequently Asked Questions:
When will you re-open?
Determining a re-open date is difficult as this is an ever-evolving situation. Although we hope to re-open by April 1, we will monitor the situation and be in touch via email and our social media pages should anything change. Please check your email, our App and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
What will happen with my membership dues?
You will not be billed for any time the club is closed. Adjustments will be made in the form of a credit toward your next bill, if you would prefer to not receive this credit and would rather continue your billing as normal please email to let us know, it will be greatly appreciated. If you have a termed membership (not automatically renewed) we will extend your membership for the time we have closed, when we re-open.
What about EdgarMay programs like personal training, group training, swim lessons, and other programs?
We will be reaching out to each person individually regarding next steps for their specific program or event. If your class, program, event or program is scheduled in the next two weeks and has not happened yet we will refund registration fees. This process may take up to 72 hours.
We understand there are many other questions you will have. Please give us time to work through the situation as it unfolds. As always, we will stay in constant communication with you.
Reaching New Heights...
What if the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center could…
Use the 5,000 square foot green space next to its building, and
Offer a fitness/recreation activity that will be the first in our community, and
Add a new revenue source that will help us keep our membership rates affordable
What is it…
The EdgarMay would like to develop the community’s first 40’ rock climbing tower, featuring six belay stations, a ropes course element and unique challenges for unique populations. In addition to the tower, we hope to develop the space for outdoor fitness opportunities, picnics, and more.
Rock climbing is a growing sport, especially in New England. It provides a total body workout with many health benefits including building strength, endurance, and stability, as well as boosting brain function and getting people outdoors. Rock Climbing will be an Olympic sport for the first time in 2020, highlighting its growing popularity. It is an activity that appeals to all ages, especially youth.
With this space the EdgarMay will be able to expand its membership base and program opportunities. The space will operate from late April through early October. This will allow us to bring new participants to our organization and our community. It will also allow the EdgarMay to be more of a destination in the warmer months. Children and families, can combine rock climbing with swimming and a picnic to create a day long adventure, right here Springfield at the EdgarMay.
The total projected cost for this important addition to our organization is $114,000. This includes the climbing tower itself ($64,000), site work ($10,000), fencing ($30,000) and outdoor fitness equipment ($10,000).
Tower Project Participation Levels
“Leader”--The climber who goes up first - $5,000 and up
“Anchor”-- method for securing a climber to a rock face to prevent a fall - $2,500-$4,999
“Carabiner”--Snap link used to connect the rope to the anchor - $1,000-$2,499
“Ascender”--Helps climber use the rope to move upward - $500-$999
“Belayer”--Manages the rope to catch the climber in case of fall or slip - $100-$499
“Climbing Buddy”--Solid partner you depend on for support and sharing the overall experience – up to $100