Oak Marr RECenter Renovations Update

UPDATE: October 22, 2014

A ceremony marking the official reopening of Oak Marr RECenter was held Saturday, October 18, 2014. View photos from the event.

UPDATE: September 12, 2014

Thanks for attending the open house! Here are some photos from the event.

UPDATE: September 4, 2014

Open House Slated for Saturday, September 6, 2014

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The fitness expansion project is complete and the RECenter is open today! Come experience your new facility at an open house this Saturday (9/6) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. After a year of construction, we are excited to showcase the facility and what Oak Marr has to offer. General admission will be free all day!

Free activities for all ages include: petting zoo, trackless train, magic shows, balloon sculptures, face painting, Fairfax County Animal Shelter, popcorn, snow-cones, and more.

Open House Event Schedule:

  • Fitness Center 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Free In-Body Monitor Testing
  • Swimming – 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Child Care Tour – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Meet and Greet the Staff!
  • Mini Golf – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (2 for 1 pricing)
  • Diving – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Free Class Demos – Zumba, Pilates, Cycle, Spin, Karate, Dance, Arts & Crafts, Yoga, and Tai Chi

The slideshow above highlights the:

  • Upper and lower fitness rooms with new equipment
  • Hardwood fitness studio for additional programming
  • Spin studio with a projector and pull-down screen
  • Child care room to encourage family fitness
  • New vibrant and welcoming lobby and sitting room

We hope to see you Saturday!

Watch this video to see what patrons are saying about the new facilities.

June 3, 2014

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Staff members are buzzing about the changes we’re seeing at Oak Marr RECenter. With each passing day the year-long project takes another step toward completion. We are excited to share the improvements with our customers who have been waiting patiently for the RECenter to reopen.

The building’s new glass façade now protrudes into the old parking lot, and customers are taking notice. Everyone seems to agree that the building looks great, and many people are curious about what amenities are being added. In case you haven’t heard, Oak Marr is undergoing more than your average building makeover; the RECenter is being transformed into one of the area’s most modern fitness facility.

The finished project will include:

  • A new, two-story, 5,500 square-foot fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment
  • A dedicated stretching area in the fitness center
  • Three new multipurpose rooms for fitness classes and other activities
  • An expanded fitness center entry area with cubbies
  • A 700-square-foot babysitting area with a restroom
  • An updated lobby and administration area
  • A new entrance to improve facility access and security

But the question on everyone’s mind is, “When will it be finished?” The answer is: soon. A grand opening will be held this fall to mark the occasion, and everyone is invited to join in the celebration.

Manager Kirt Chase said, “For the past 12 months we have been watching our new expansion being built from the ground up, and now that we are getting close to completion we are excited to see the public’s reaction to our new state-of-the-art facility.”

Program Director Robert Arguinzoni is excited about the enhanced space for dance, gymnastics, and tot programs this fall. “It will allow us to introduce new levels of classes that kids and parents have been looking forward to since construction began last spring,” Arguinzoni said. He is also sure parents will love the new childcare room adding, “It will be a wonderful option for parents who are looking for time to work out and not have to worry about making other arrangements for child care.”

Aquatics Supervisor Nicole Marko said the physical changes have been surreal. “I have been at Oak Marr for so long – starting in 1999 as an adapted aquatics volunteer – having taught as a part-time swim instructor 2001-2005 and then full-time since February 2007.  I have seen its evolution in customers, program offerings and even paint colors.  It’s interesting to see the new integrated with the old. But we all look forward to replacing the constant sounds of banging and drilling with the sounds of treadmills and ellipticals!”

Fitness Director Jennifer Elgas is thrilled about the new fitness center and is happy to be part of the exciting changes. She said, “I am anxious for it to open and am most excited to see everyone’s reactions to it, as well as being able to serve more members with our variety of state-of-the-art equipment.”

Oak Marr has seen significant transformations since opening in 1988, but none as sweeping as the expansion of the fitness center. We look forward to presenting Oakton area residents with this top-tier fitness facility. In the meantime, stop by and see the changes for yourself. Then join us for the grand opening this fall!

We can’t wait to see you!

This post will be updated with new information and photographs as the project nears completion. Check back often to see what’s new!

Written by Alex Barnard, recreation specialist, Oak Marr RECenter

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About Fairfax County Park Authority HISTORY: On December 6, 1950, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors created the Fairfax County Park Authority. The Park Authority was authorized to make decisions concerning land acquisition, park development and operations in Fairfax County, Virginia. To date, 13 park bond referenda have been approved between 1959 and 2016. Today, the Park Authority has 427 parks on more than 23,000 acres of land. We offer 325 miles of trails, our most popular amenity. FACILITIES: The Park system is the primary public mechanism in Fairfax County for the preservation of environmentally sensitive land and resources, areas of historic significance and the provision of recreational facilities and services including: • Nine indoor RECenters with swimming pools, fitness rooms, gyms and class spaces. Cub Run features an indoor water park and on-site naturalist • Eight golf courses from par-3 to championship level, four driving ranges including the new state-of-the-art heated, covered range at Burke Lake Golf Center • Five nature and visitor centers. Also nine Off-Leash Dog Activity areas • Three lakefront parks including Lake Fairfax, Lake Accotink and Burke Lake, with campgrounds at Burke Lake and Lake Fairfax. The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole at Lake Fairfax, Our Special Harbor Sprayground at Lee as well as an indoor water park at Cub Run RECenter • Clemyjontri Park, a fully accessible playground in Great Falls featuring two acres of family friendly fun and a carousel, as well as Chessie’s Big Backyard and a carousel at the Family Recreation Area at Lee District Park • An ice skating rink at Mount Vernon RECenter and the Skate Park in Wakefield Park adjacent to Audrey Moore RECenter • Kidwell Farm, a working farm of the 1930s-era at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, now with historic carousel • Eight distinctive historic properties available for rent • A working grist mill at Colvin Run in Great Falls and a restored 18th century home at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly • A horticulture center at Green Spring Gardens in Annandale • Natural and cultural resources protected by the Natural Resource Management Plan and Cultural Resource Plans, plus an Invasive Management Area program that targets alien plants and utilizes volunteers in restoring native vegetation throughout our community • Picnic shelters, tennis courts, miniature golf courses, disc golf courses, off-leash dog parks, amphitheaters, a marina, kayaking/canoeing center • Provides 263 athletic fields, including 39 synthetic turf fields, and manages athletic field maintenance services at 417 school athletic fields. PARK AUTHORITY BOARD: A 12-member citizen board, appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, sets policies and priorities for the Fairfax County Park Authority. Visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/social-hub/ for Fairfax County Government's Comment Policy.

5 thoughts on “Oak Marr RECenter Renovations Update

  1. Rose

    It’s not a ” year long project” if it closed last May and is not opening until the fall. Let’s go already.

  2. mike

    Looks like some nice new rooms, but they clearly were NOT worth the long 15-month disruption. In fact, THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE OLD EXCERCISE ROOM TO START WITH.


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