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Junior gym rats

Roseville offers plenty of indoor, outdoor sports and fitness programs for residents of all ages
By: Bob Magnetti The Press-Tribune
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Getting fit; staying in shape; the joy of competition; just working out. Roseville residents have no excuse not to exercise with so many state of the art facilities located throughout the city. Whether you're new to the area, or just need some incentive to find a program that works for you, Roseville's got it all. There's the Roseville Sports Center, part of the 220-plus acres that make up the Mahany Park complex. The center includes a regulation basketball gymnasium, weight room and exercise area, a climbing wall and several rooms for various exercise classes, including a room for kids. The center offers 50 classes and 25 different types of exercise classes, from team workouts to yoga and pilates. Among the programs are work-out classes for kids, including On Your Toes, for youngsters from 2½ to 7 years old. The sports center is run by Celeste Budd, a native of New York, who holds master's degrees in management and physical education from the University of Indiana. She supervises a staff of seven full-time employees and up to 25 exercise instructors. The center also includes a cafeteria, which is currently closed due to budget restraints, said Budd. We're just making sure everything pays for itself, Budd said. The sports complex has drawn good reviews from its members. The size is just right, said new Roseville resident John Coursey, who has been a member for only about a month. Not too big, yet not so small that you can't get what you need out of it. I like the size of the gym; I like the environment; the equipment is modern and up-to-date and the staff is great, he said. I play a little basketball to get loose and then lift weights. The Mahany Park complex, in addition to the 27,000-square-foot building housing the Sports Center, includes an all-weather football and soccer field, two softball fields and four baseball fields; the Roseville Aquatic Center with a 50-meter pool, a recreation pool and kiddie pool; and the building that encompasses the Martha Riley Community Library housing the Utility Exploration Center and the community television studio. The Sports Center opened its doors in October of 2000, while the library building opened in January of 2008. The slogan for Mahany Park, said Parks and Recreation Manager Kathy Barsotti, is ˜Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Environment.' Building the Sports Center was a long process, said Barsotti, who started her career with the department as a part-time lifeguard and swim instructor. She has been a full-time employee since 1991. A graduate of Cal State Sacramento, Barsotti has a degree in physiology. (The city) took a survey, Barsotti said, and found that people wanted more places where they could go to stay fit and that they didn't always want to join a gym. Designed as a neighborhood facility, most of the users of the Sports Center are from within a two-mile radius, but it's open to all residents of Roseville and the surrounding area. There are several options for those joining the Sports Center, including a family monthly membership of $79 for four. Regular monthly membership is $39 for one adult and $25 for a second adult in the household. An annual membership is $375 for one person and $199 for a second adult or teen living in the household. The daily use fee is $8. Sports Center hours are 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The city Parks and Recreation Department oversees 58 parks and recreational sites, including Mahany Park, Maidu Regional Park and Royer Park.