Monterey Sports Center celebrates its 25th anniversary

Monterey >> From a group of Monterey fifth-graders, the idea for the Monterey Sports Center was born.

That’s how Clyde Roberson, on his second go-around as the city’s mayor, recalled the one-time “swim/gym” came into being. Since then, it has developed not only as a workout facility but a community gathering place for residents across the Monterey Peninsula,

“Honestly, Monterey 10-year-olds are to credit for the Monterey Sports Center,” quipped Roberson, noting that the site where the center is located had once been a car dealership and strategically located two blocks from downtown, in close proximity to the wharf, waterfront and Recreation Trail.

On Thursday, the center will commemorate its 25th anniversary with an all-day celebration that includes prize drawings, group exercise classes, musical entertainment and food and refreshments. The event is free.

“We want everyone to just come and enjoy our 25 years of outstanding service,” said Sports Center Manager Jeff Vierra, noting that city officials who were there from the center’s inception will also be in attendance and that hourly prize drawings will range from gift certificates from local restaurants to San Jose Sharks and Golden State Warriors tickets.

The Monterey Sports Center first opened to the public on June 1, 1992. Roberson spearheaded the push for a “swim/gym” at the persistent requests of the aforementioned elementary students and other community members who wanted an…

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