Roe Reed Gives Tour Of Upgraded Facility
Pagano Gym staffer Joe Reed gives a tour Friday of the upgraded facility.

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Pagano Gym got rave reviews during tours of the newly redone facility Friday.

The gym, closed the past 11 months, opened for business July 11 after the largest renovation project ever for the 1940s era building. It was completely redone inside. Walls were knocked down and rooms were expanded.

Ron Haws, of the Army Contracting Center-Redstone, heard about Friday’s open house from a friend. He sometimes goes to Redstone Fitness Center.

“I just got done with the tour,” Haws said as he returned to his car in Pagano’s busy parking lot. “Oh my goodness. It’s the Taj Mahal of fitness centers.

“The locker rooms, oh my gosh, it’s incredible. I’ve been to many fitness centers. There’s nothing like it. I’m really surprised. I don’t think you can get any better than this. We’re very fortunate to have that here so we can use as a civilian. I definitely see it as a perk.”

Redstone police officer Bill Quire has used Pagano since 1978 when he was a member of the 291st MP Company.

“Awesome facility, top notch,” Quire said after touring the building. “Equal to any big base I’ve been on.”

The $1.8 million project started in July 2010. Pagano’s hours are Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The weekend hours have reverted back to Pagano from the Redstone Fitness Center. Redstone Fitness Center’s hours are Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. The other two gyms operated by Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation include the Sparkman Fitness Center and the Col. Stephen K. Scott Fitness Center.

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