It’s been more than a decade since the City of Pawhuska opened the Carl Short Fitness Center on Jan. 31, 2003. Located west of the City Hospital on 15th Street, the fitness center provides area residents with two outstanding facilities – a machine-equipped exercise room and a heated indoor swimming pool.
Matt Tonubbee manages the center Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. He is assisted by Diane Todd from 9 a.m. until closing at 5 p.m.
“Matt is a morning person. I’m not. So, this arrangement works out very well,” said Todd.
Tonubbee explained that Health Department regulations require the pool to have its chlorine and PH levels checked four times a day. He also noted discoloration on the floor of the pool is due to ten years of usage and that the pool is safe and clean.
Anyone 18 and over is eligible to use both facilities. Monthly fees are $20 to exercise, $20 to swim or $30 for both. Although trainers are no longer available, the staff will demonstrate use of the equipment.
The pool typically draws from six to seven swimmers a day up to 20-22. Swimmers co-exist with water aerobics. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, a 45-minute water aerobics class is led by a volunteer member who is a certified water instructor. “This lady provides instructions for low-impact water aerobics for several of her friends and anyone else who happens to be in the pool at the time,” Tonubbee said. “The city offered water aerobics classes in the past, but there was not enough participation to continue.”
“Our heated pool is good for one’s joints,” said Tonubbee. “A lot of our clients like the mobility the water offers and several have their own little program. Some members just stand in the water and visit.”