EMHS is fortunate to be located adjacent to Vista Grande Community Center, a Bernalillo County Parks & Recreation facility. Due to a joint use agreement with the county, EMHS has used the existing soccer field and softball and baseball fields for practice and home games since we opened in 2000.
In September 2008, EMHS and Bernalillo County celebrated the completion of the Fisher and Smith Memorial Gymnasium. This $5 million addition to the existing Vista Grande Community Center is a groundbreaking collaboration between the school and the county. Working under a joint-use agreement, the school and the community center share the use of the gym, ensuring that students have access for physical education and athletics and the community has access for recreation and physical fitness. We believe this is the only such partnership in the state of New Mexico.
The Fisher and Smith Memorial Gymnasium is a reality due in large part of the vision of State Senator Sue Wilson Beffort, who helped the County and EMHS secure the funding needed to build the gym. Many other local legislators and Bernalillo County officials also contributed to the effort.
Phase 2 added a fitness center, an aerobics / martial arts room and more storage space to the existing facility. Phase 2 was completed and opened to the public in the fall of 2011.
Construction of a new fitness center at Vista Grande Community Center was completed in the fall of 2011 and the facility is now open to the public. Use of the 5,100 square-foot addition will be shared with East Mountain High School through a joint use agreement.
The fitness center includes brand-new, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, including treadmills, stationary bikes and weightlifting machines. There is also a multi-purpose room that will host classes in aerobics, yoga, zumba, karate, jazzercise and gymnastics.
Funding for the fitness center was secured with the help of legislators, including Senator Sue Wilson Beffort, and Bernalillo County. The entire of cost of the project was just over one million dollars and includes the fitness equipment. East Mountain High School is proud to be pointing the way to a solution for charter school facilities and demonstrating how we can better use of public monies to serve the wider community.
For East Mountain High School, the addition of a fitness center means that physical education classes can provide students with more options for lifelong fitness. For athletes, there are now more options for cross-training and strength conditioning. The school will also use the space to offer martial arts programs.
For the community, the fitness center offers an extremely affordable way to get in shape or stay in shape. Adults will be charged $25.00 for a punchcard good for 20 visits. Fees for classes will be paid directly to the instructor and won’t count again the punchcard total. For veterans and individuals over 55, use of the fitness center is free.
EMHS encourages parents and community members to take advantage of this resource – the paperwork to sign-up is available on this page. Hours of operation for the fitness center are Monday through Friday, 8am to 8pm. On Tuesdays the fitness center will open at 6am. On Saturdays the fitness center will be open on Saturdays from 10am to 6pm and on Sundays from 8am to noon. For more information, please call 468-7500 or visit www.bernco.gov/vgcc.