Woodlands Foundation Begins Building Wellness Center
Jones, Michael, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The Woodlands Foundation, a sprawling 30-acre facility in Bradford Woods that offers activities for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses, just got a little better.
Construction began in June on a 4,100-square-foot wellness center and finished Monday with a dedication ceremony. The center has a basketball court, fitness equipment and, hopefully to come, a specialized climbing wall.
"It will give them the opportunity for wellness and fitness," said Peter Clakeley, executive director of The Woodlands. "When you're different, you're not as comfortable doing that. This is a place for them to be comfortable."
Clakeley said the wellness center, which is attached to the existing aquatics center, will produce more year-round activities. The Woodlands offers camps and retreats, some of which are available only during the summer.
The Woodlands currently helps about 3,000 people, Clakeley said, up from about 500 a decade ago.
Clakeley, standing underneath the basketball hoop, pointed to an empty wall in the corner that officials hope will become a climbing wall with specialized winches to help children with leg problems.
"(It's) just the achievement of getting to the top," he said.
The Woodlands Foundation solicited bids for the project in August 2008, but the cost soared above expectations. …