Langdon Activity Center invests in future

The members of the Langdon Activity Center (LAC) may have noticed that the exercise area in the upstairs has experienced a significant decrease in temperature recently.

Activity Center air

Posted on 8/8/15

By Melissa Anderson

This is due to the newly installed air conditioning unit.

The LAC has had the project in mind for some time but things finally fell into place for the unit to be installed in the exercise area. The exercise area sees significant temperatures and humidity problems during the summer and while the center’s staff have tried to combat it with increased air flow from outside, it never seemed to help.

“It just wasn’t quite enough when you were sweating before you even start,” Judy Lill, LAC Director, said.

This summer the Langdon City Commission gave the go ahead and Lill started seeking bids for the new air conditioning unit. The unit was purchased and installed for a little under $5,500 which Lill is still looking for donations in hopes of covering the cost.

“We have received a couple donations to help cover the costs of it,” Lill said.

Lill explained that the air conditioning has improved not only the exercise area but other areas of the LAC as well with the  help of a fan to further push the cooled air to the lower levels of the LAC.

“So far it seems to be working well. I have noticed it really takes the humidity out of the air up here so it’s not so stifling  when you first come up. Seems to keep it at roughly a 70 degree temp.,” Lill stated.

A lot of members have already commented to Lill about the addition of the air conditioning unit and stated they can feel a difference halfway up the stairs to the exercise area.

The location of the air conditioning unit was chosen with care, as not only the ease of installation, but the health and safety of members in the exercise area was considered.

“We didn’t want people getting sick. Anybody within the first few rows of the treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes probably would have froze,” Lill said.

Another area that benefits from the new air conditioning unit is the 7 Pillars Fitness Studio operated by Chris Walsh. It gets a draft of cool air from the unit with the help of a fan.

The air conditioning unit was not the only update that the LAC was looking into.The lighting system in the gym is also in need of being upgraded due the poor quality of lighting and costly replacement of bulbs.

“It needs to be updated as always, it’s the same lighting system as when they built the place,” Lill said.

Another project that is being discussed is the repair and if possible the replacement of the roof on the LAC.

“It’s just a lot of maintenance on an old building that needs to be re-done,” Lill stated.

Any and all donations that are received will go towards whatever project the donator specifically wants and if no project is specified the money goes towards the project currently being worked on.

The hours for the LAC are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with no weekends for the month of September. Winter hours begin in October through April with 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thrusday, Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.

New fitness classes are being offered this fall. Memberships for singles, families adn seniors are available as well as key fob for access, inquire at the LAC for more details, 701-256-3318.