Woodlake kicks off new Downtown Studio

(City of Woodlake)

City choreographs variety of community-led fitness programs at newly renovated Woodlake Downtown Studio for locals to enjoy

WOODLAKE – Locals can dance their troubles away at the new Woodlake Downtown Studio, which is offering the opportunity to fitness programs for community members who need a way to strengthen, stretch and thrive.

The City of Woodlake hosted a ribbon cutting and public grand opening of the town’s new “Downtown Studio” facility on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The Downtown Studio is located at 157 N. Valencia Blvd, where the city is currently using the space for fitness and sports activities.

“The health and wellbeing of our citizens is our greatest asset and we are proud to once again deliver on our commitment to a safe and healthy community,” said Woodlake Mayor Rudy Mendoza via the announcement of the studio.

The community got a sneak peak of different classes being offered at the studio during the ribbon-cutting, which include Zumba, ballet folklorico, tai chi, pilates and yoga classes. At the event, attendees witnessed and participated in samples of Zumba fitness dances and yoga instruction, as well as observed Woodlake’s own Ballet Folklorico Del Lago dance group perform.

Attendees also got to see the payoff of all the time and construction that went into the refurbished building. The inside of the studio has a rollup door, restrooms and an office space. The large windows and rollup door will allow for natural light and air to enter the building when weather permits.

When the studio was still under construction, city workers uncovered and refurbished an original arched wooden ceiling, just one of the features of this new downtown space that is on display. The new studio is 13,175 square feet and includes a large patio area on the back of the building, as well as a seating area in the front. It is fixated with large windows and has brick veneer and lighting to adorn the outside.

This historic building from the early 1900’s was purchased by the City of Woodlake in January of 2023 and remodeled with Measure R funding, the City’s local tax measure, as an effort to preserve the building and enhance the downtown.

The City of Woodlake Community Services Director Jennifer Reynolds explained all of the classes offered at the studio vary in price, depending on the instructor. Some of the classes are free while others have the price of lessons on top of equipment costs. More information regarding the class schedules is available on the City of Woodlake’s website.

“​​All of them (the instructors) are wanting to give back to this community, which I think is very special,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds said there are still available time slots for people who want to teach classes at the studio. Anyone interested in starting a class or program can contact Reynolds for more information at 559-564-8055 or at the email [email protected].

Four years ago, the Town Center project was supposed to open its doors to retail, restaurants and office spaces at the entrance to downtown. Unfortunately, the project fell through but it did open the door to an opportunity for a new multi use facility featuring a community gymnasium and dance studio at the southwest corner of Valencia and Naranjo boulevards.

“The idea came about out of necessity,” Woodlake Community Services Director Jason Waters explained in a past interview with The Sun-Gazette. “We were quickly running out of space in our community center and needed to find a second location for parks and recreation, community events and meetings, etc.”

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