A new non-profit wellness center in Collins is open 24 hours a day and provides fitness classes and exercise equipment for Collins residents and people from neighboring communities.

Mayor Brett Comegys say the Collins Wellness Center "opened for business with the purchase and installation of work-out equipment, supported by a grant from the Story County Community Foundation."

"We renovated an old brick building and used a lot of color in the signage," said Comegys. "It really adds to the appeal and activity on Main Street."

The bright colors on the building’s exterior signs continue on the inside. Bright blue, green and orange paint used on the interior walls serves to energize patrons of the facility.

The wellness center opened to the public Oct. 1, 2012, following a donor appreciation dinner and ribbon cutting ceremony. The building has two large rooms in the front, one that serves as an entrance and fitness room, and another that houses exercise equipment. The fitness room is used for fitness classes, such as Zumba, kickboxing and yoga. More than 150 members, from young people to senior citizens, make use of the facility.

Getting an exercise facility in Collins was one of Comegys’ goals when he became mayor of the small town. He wanted bring an amenity to Collins that residents would normally travel to another town to use. Plans for the wellness center began in November 2011, and donations were sought beginning in April 2012.

Comegys finds grants from the Story County Community Foundation "attractive to support development of programs and improvements for a small community such as Collins."

Grant funds administered by SCCF are made available by the State of Iowa’s County Endowment Program.