Despite the government shutdown, the largest fitness facility in the U.S. Marine Corps opened on Oct. 11 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC.
The 104,000-square-foot Wallace Creek Fitness Center features a 50-foot climbing wall, an indoor pool, an artificial turf training area, a variety of strength and cardio equipment, and a clinic in which Navy corpsman will practice sports medicine and rehab therapy, according to the center's website.
The facility also offers personal training and extensive group fitness programming, services which were initially going to be unavailable because staff was furloughed during the government shutdown. But according to the Camp Lejeune Fitness Department's Facebook page, fitness staff on the base was called back to work on Oct. 7, several days after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced furloughed Department of Defense employees who contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members would be recalled.
Although Wallace Creek is Camp Lejeune's 11th fitness center, it is the first built specifically for fitness, Brian Crawford, Wallace Creek Fitness Center manager, said in an article posted on the base's website.
"With the amount of people on base, we thought it would be a good idea to create an environment with everything people need," Crawford said.