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Disruptive Behavior Prompts Heights Policy Change

The updates will affect who can use the athletic facilities on weekends, KSDK Newschannel 5 reported.

community center will limit weekend access starting Saturday in an effort to curb disruptive behavior, KSDK Newschannel 5 reported this week.

Previously, people who do not live in Richmond Heights, or have been allowed to use the facility on weekends by paying an $8 fee. Now, that access will be permitted only on weekdays unless the guest is accompanied by a resident or Heights member, according to KSDK.

Learn what prompted the decision and read reaction from Heights members in the complete KSDK report.

Bart Karnowsk July 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I hope I am writing the correct person. I am a member of The Heights, our wonderful community center. I have belonged since the facility opened. My concern is the new weekend policy, which prohibits non members from visiting the heights. I feel as if non members are somewhat alienated already, and this seems to take things to an unnecessary level. Non members already pay an absurd fee to get in, and the least that fee can do is allow access during all business hours. Most businesses that operate seven days a week are busier on weekends. One would assume, since non members already pay a large fee, that The Heights stands to lose some current revenue by cutting the access to members only. I fear what may be next, members only after 5PM on weeknights? Members only other days of the week? Some people may not require the use of The Heights to the point where a membership is financially wise. An example would be someone who lifts weights only once a week, or swims only in the winter. These people still clearly have an enjoyment of The Heights since they are willing to continue to pay the aforementioned fee for single entry. I hope you review this policy. As a long time member, one of best attractions to The Heights is its openness to the community. A community center should be open to use by all members of the community, not just those who pay a monthly/annual fee. Thank you for you time
Bart Karnowsk July 12, 2012 at 01:02 PM
This was a letter I wrote to the city of Richmond Heights. I love the KSDK article, especially the part where they there wasn't any real need to call the police. The RHPD have much better things to do than respond because someone on a treadmill can't hear keeping up with the kardashians on the tv due to the noise in the gym. The logic behind this is dumb. Considering members make up a vast majority of users, it is theoretically the members who create the overcrowding.
Bart Karnowsk July 12, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I'd also like to note one more thing... member break the rules of the heights all the time. People drop weights, don't rerack weights, fail to wipe down a machine, don't shower before getting in the hot tub, wear the wrong shorts in the sauna, use swear words, don't spray their blues mats afterr stretching... and I find that stuff to be more disrupting and hazardous to the users than just about anything else. However, there seems to be no issues with that, its those crazy outsiders that ruin it all. Thanks, Richmond Heights for being a shining beacon of leadership.
Tom July 13, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Bart, I too am a member who was there this past saturday when the incident ocurred. And I can assure you that the problem was much larger than moms on their treadmills not being able to watch their soap operas. I was doing laps on the track and down below in the gymnasium, the basketball courts were filled to capacity with numerous smaller children running around too. It seemed to me that there would be a new argument that would start almost every 5 minutes between the guys playing. Numerous profanities and foul language being yelled, and yes at one point there began to be some pushing and shoving. So I myself applaud the staff for stepping in and calling the police when they did. I myself would much rather see The Heights on the news for implementing new protective policies opposed to being on for serious fighting or brawls that could have come about

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