ANDERSON — For the first time since it opened in the 1970s, the Geater Center is getting a new gym floor as a result of safety concerns.
Stephon Blackwell, superintendent of the Parks & Recreation Department, said the original floor, which was concrete with tile on the top, has never been replaced. He said the floor surface was slick and could have caused injuries.
“It put a lot of stress on knees, ankles and the lower back,” he said. “The new floor is being installed for safety reasons.”
Blackwell said the Parks & Recreation Department partners with the YMCA and on several basketball camps during the spring and summer months. Once the new floor is completed, the Parks Department is considering starting a summer basketball league at the facility, 1611 Chase St.
The new gym floor will be dedicated at 1 p.m. April 17, he said.
Blackwell said the cost to install the new floor is $61,000.
“Most of the money came from savings in the budget last year,” he said.
Kiefer Specialty Flooring, based out of Linhurst, Ill., is installing the Geater Center gym floor.
The company is highly experienced and has installed gym floors for Purdue, University of Kentucky, and the University of Dayton among many others, he said. Although the company specializes in Division 1 arenas, the Geater Center gymnasium will fit high school regulation standards.
The complete project is expected to take six weeks including one full week for the gymnasium floor to cure.
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