The Tri-City Court Club in Kennewick reopened Tuesday. Except, it’s no longer the court club. And it isn’t a gym.
The rebranded business is now The Pacific Clinic — a functional wellness center that can operate under state coronavirus guidelines for essential businesses.
The overhaul came after the the facility had been closed since March for coronavirus and was faced with being unable to reopen for many more months under Washington’s opening plan.
“It does not appear that with the new state mandates that the Court Club can open and operate successfully until Phase 4,” wrote Carl Cadwell in a notice, who owns the facility with his wife Lynda. “We have no idea when this will happen, but our best guess now is sometime in 2021.”
The Pacific Clinic now offers functional health protocols and programs which use natural ways to address health issues with an emphasis on lifestyle changes such as exercise, diet, sleep and stress reduction, as well as preventing disease such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Cadwell wasn’t immediately available for an interview on Tuesday but he outlined the transition in an email to members.
“Our families of members need to get their lives back. Most want to get moving again to restore their health,” wrote Cadwell in an e-mail to members, who also is the president of Cadwell Industries that manufactures neurodiagnostic & electrodiagnostic medical equipment and supplies.
Everything at the club is back open — except basketball games. But you can shoot hoops if you bring your own ball.
Once again, there’s group exercise classes, swim lessons and personal training sessions. Even the exercise equipment and children’s programs are available.
But everyone must have a doctor’s note, including children. If clients don’t have a primary care doctor, the clinic offers an online assessment for $45, which is being waived through September. The clinic will then work with physicians, physical therapists, as well as coaches to implement and monitor wellness plans.
Members also have to make an appointment for all exercise, regardless of type, through the clinic’s app or through the website at pacific.clinic/services.
This overhaul is a stark difference to early July, when the Tri-City Court Club was looking at a bleak future.
“If the closure goes much longer than a couple of months, we are going to run out of cash,” Janelle Klashke, the general manager of the Tri-City Court Club told the Herald at the time.
Klashke has been the general manager for 31 years and with the company for 38 years. All but seven of their 200 employees had been laid off, and the company was forced to end payment for employees’ health insurance — which it had been doing for the previous months of the closure.
Now, back at work, the club expanded to include advanced sports training, cognitive and physical assessment an neuro and physical restoration.
Some children’s activities have restarted with more to follow. Karate lessons will start soon, junior tennis lessons will begin in September and the Jungle Gym Preschool reopens Sept. 8.
The clinic is enforcing COVID-19 safety precautions including social distancing, requiring masks in all common areas, limiting class numbers to ensure a 10-foot radius and doing extra sanitation, such as fogging the facility nightly.
Hours for the Pacific Clinic at 1350 Grant St. in Kennewick are 5 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
The pool, which already could partly reopen under the current state plan, is open 8 a.m. to noon and from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to noon and from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
However, the club’s waterpark feature will remain closed under state guidance for staff water facilities.
Columbia Basin Racquet Club in Richland reopened its pool and outdoor tennis courts for private lessons on Aug. 10 after the same guidelines that eased restrictions for pools and outdoor fitness on Aug 1.
CBRC also had been closed since March and had laid off most of its 200 employees.
Cole Willis, general manager of the Columbia Basin Racquet Club, was part of an effort earlier this summer to appeal to the Washington officials to allow fitness centers to open.
“I know many members are struggling. They are struggling to do it on their own, as are employees,” Willis told the Herald in July. “Routines are out of whack, and it is coming out in stress and not sleeping well and having less patience — all the things exercise can combat. We are running risks by not allowing it.”
Willis had said a key argument is that exercise is a critical factor in addressing some of the underlying health conditions putting people at higher risk for COVID-19 complications. Those health conditions are the same that The Pacific Clinic will be working to address.
CBRC could not be reach by the Herald on Tuesday for an update on its facility, but it is offering water exercise, aerobics and lessons by reservations only at its aquatics center at 1776 Terminal Drive. One reservation per person per day is allowed and a fee is charged for no shows.