Beau Dusz
Ohio.com correspondent


A by-invitation-only ceremony to dedicate the new Wadsworth Community Center will be held at 5 p.m. Monday. Following the dedication from 6 -7:30 p.m. is an open house of the different organizations within the new center.



The 70,000-square-foot center is located on School Drive and houses the YMCA fitness center, the Soprema Senior Center and Cafe, Wadsworth Community Television, the Summa Health Center and a space for the Wadsworth Library.



According to an email from City Hall, invitations have been extended to representatives of Summa, WCTV, Soprema Senior Center, the library, the school system, the construction management and design teams, city council and donors.



The largest portion of the center is occupied by the fitness center administered by the YMCA, which opened December 15. That center includes a field house with four basketball courts, state-of-the art fitness center, three indoor pools, a walking track, an aerobics studio and meeting rooms. An outdoor aquatic center is now in the design stage.



Membership at this fitness center also includes other YMCA facilities in Medina and Summit Counties. Wadsworth YMCA Executive Director Maureen Mizerak said 3,600 individuals are enrolled in the Wadsworth Y. For more information, call 330-334-9622 or visit akronymca.org.



The Soprema Senior Center and Cafe replaces the more than 80-year-old building at 138 High St.which served as the Wadsworth Center for Older Adults for almost four decades. The new senior center opened Jan. 7. A cafe with a full kitchen and staffed by Windfall Industries is expected to open next month.



Numerous activities including arthritis exercise, Tai Chi, Mah Jongg, cards, games, blood pressure checks, Alzheimer's support, theater, watercolor, tours, veteran's assistance and income tax filing assistance are offered to seniors at the Soprema Center. Membership is free but users are asked to complete membership forms. Senior citizens also have access to the walking track at certain times. More information can be obtained by calling 330-335-1513.



Summa Health System will also have a Health Center at the Community Center. Summa Public Relations Coordinator Erica Rosenthal said the Summa Center will open Feb. 4 and will begin taking appointments on that date.



Rosenthal noted Summa will offer radiology, x-ray and physical and occupational therapy at the site. Two physicians, Dr. Robert Crawford and Dr. Laura Distel will have offices there. Dr. Crawford is a Wadsworth High School graduate and Dr. Distel is a Northeast High School graduate. Dr. Crawford will also have an office in Medina and Dr. Distel an office at Summa Wadsworth Rittman Hospital.



This is Summa's "first multi-tenant partnership of its kind" according to Rosenthal. Summa Health System has other YMCA partnerships in Barberton, Green and Akron.



Wadsworth Community Television will also be housed at the Community Center. WCTV has a studio from which programs are produced and aired on three local channels.



The Wadsworth Library will have a 400-square-foot space at the Center from which users can obtain and return materials. There will also be a 15-minute workstations at the satellite location. 



"From the beginning of this project, it was obvious to us that the Wadsworth Public Library needed to have a presence in the new Community Center," said Library Director C. Allen Nichols in a statement. " The Library has always been at the center of this community's life. It's appropriate for the Library to be part of this new facility which will attract people coming to use the Y, visit health care providers or take part in activities at the Soprema Senior Center."