Fitness Center

Persons age 16 and over may use the Irene B. French Community Center Fitness Center at a daily rate, or may purchase single or family memberships at a resident or non-resident rate. Youth age 13-15 may use the Fitness Center when accompanied by a person age 18 or over after completing a mandatory equipment orientation with our Fitness Specialist.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday 8:00am-9:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm


Winter Walk - Fitness Program

Challenge yourself to stay active this winter. Let the Fitness Center at the Irene B. French Community Center keep you moving. Travel the distance of Merriam's parks and beyond with the help of your passport to document parks visited, and the new Life Fitness equipment. 
Start in Brown Park, use the treadmill, elliptical trainer  or life cycle bicycle to track the distance traveled as you simulate walking, running or cycling along the paths of all the parks, The Turkey Creek Streamway Trail, and throughout Johnson County. Get your passport at the front desk and track your progress on maps found in the Fitness Center. 
Health Club
Family and single Health Club Memberships are available to both Merriam residents and non-residents. Memberships include unlimited use of the Fitness Center, free Open Gym Activities at scheduled times, locker and shower room privileges, Personalized Fitness Assessment & Equipment Orientation, Standardized Four-Part Fitness Evaluation
by appointment with our Fitness Specialist.

Daily Fees
Resident Discount: $5.00 per day*
Non-Resident: $6.00 per day
*Proof of residency required

Monthly Pass Fees
Resident*: Adult $25.00
Senior Adult (60+) $20.00
Household $30.00

Non Resident: Adult $30.00
Senior Adult (60+) $25.00
Household $40.00

Quarterly Pass Fees
Resident: Adult $60.00
Senior Adult (60+) $45.00
Household $80.00

Non Resident: Adult $70.00
Senior Adult (60+) $55.00
Household $95.00

Annual Pass Fees
Resident: Adult $190.00
Senior Adult (60+) $150.00
Household $265.00
Senior Household $225.00

Non Resident: Adult $230.00
Senior Adult (60+) $175.00
Household $330.00
* Proof of residency required

The Fitness Center includes the following equipment:
Strength training equipment including:
New Life/Hammer Strength seletorized equipment
Dual adjustable pulley machines
Smith machine
Adjustable bench
Dumbbell rack
Free weight dumbbells
Stability balls

Cardiovascular equipment including:
Four LifeFitness Treadmills
Two LifeFitness Ellipiticals
One Stepmill
One LifeFitness Recumbent Bicycle
One LifeFitness Row Trainer
One SciFit Total Body Recumbent Stepper
Equipment includes a 900 mHz receiver to select from choice
of one of two televisions or preselected FM radio stations.

ID Card Admission Policy:
Drop-in open gym and fitness center patrons must furnish a photo ID card with proof of residence. If no ID is available, we can provide ID cards for a $5.00 charge. Residency information must be updated annually.

Personalized Fitness Assessment & Equipment Orientation:
A certified Fitness Specialist is available by appointment to spend 60 minutes with you in the fitness center. 
  • Establish appropriate weight and seat settings for all the LifeFitness Machines
  • Familiarize you with the Cardiovascular Equipment
  • Assess you functional range of motion and basic mobility
  • A personalized starting workout created based on you activity level and fitness goals. 
Standardized Four-Part Fitness Evaluation:
Designed to gage your basic fitness level and evaluate your general fitness level, these four simple fitness tasks can test your cardiovascular, upper body, abdominal and flexibility.
  • Three minute step test
  • One minute sit-up test
  • One minute push-up test
  • Hamstring Flexibility test
Personal Training:
Hourly personal training sessions are available with Jennifer Reed, Fitness Specialist.
$25 per hour for Fitness Center Members
$50 per hour for Non Fitness Center Members
To schedule any of these types of appointments contact the Merriam Parks & Recreation at 913.322.5550.

"Free" Health Club Membership Contest:
We would like to show our appreciation to our loyal health club members who have used our facility on a continuous basis throughout the years. Every quarter we will have a drawing from our Health Club memberships. One lucky member will receive a FREE "Single" Quarterly Membership*. The only requirements to be part of the drawing are: 1) Must be a health club member for at least two consecutive quarters, and 2) Has fun at our facility.

"The City of Merriam does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or disability in the operation of any activity, program or service. Merriam Parks and Recreation is committed to making accommodations as required by the Americans With Disabilities Act. Requests for reasonable accommodations must be made to Merriam Parks and Recreation one week prior to the start of a program. Please indicate what accommodations are needed."