The Sandcastle Closed For Renovations, Temporary Fitness Options Available

Posted In Community, KICA Island Projects

After more than a year of planning, The Sandcastle closed last night for a long-awaited renovation. The scope of the project includes:

-The addition of a second pool,
-A dedicated bath house,
-Relocation of the bar to provide ocean views,
-Reconfiguration of the parking lot to add spaces and improve drainage, and
-A complete remodel of the interior of the building.

With reorganization of the floor plan, space dedicated to fitness will increase by 25%, and ocean views from the first floor will be restored to the way they were when the building opened over 20 years ago. While the building is closed, additional maintenance and repairs will occur, such as replacing the roof, repainting and elevator maintenance. The budget for the renovation and repairs is approximately $4.5 million, and is being funded by existing resources.

The work is slated for substantial completion by July 3, 2018, and during the interim we have worked hard to provide alternatives for the regular programming that occurs at The Sandcastle. KICA appreciates the membership’s patience, as the logistics of finding homes for clubs and groups, as well as a variety of fitness activities, have been coordinated.

Temporary Fitness Options
Thanks to a friendly lease agreement with Kiawah Partners, a temporary fitness center will be located at 2 Beachwalker Drive, next the Kiawah General Store. KICA is currently seeking approval from the Town of Kiawah Island for the building, and as soon as a permit is issued, delivery will be scheduled. The facility will have two rooms, one for fitness equipment and the other for classes.

In the meantime, there are several fitness options available to members:

Outdoor Classes: Some regularly scheduled classes will be held outdoors at Night Heron Park and Cinder Creek, and will be taught by KICA instructors. Visit kica.us/fitness for an updated schedule.

Studio 33 (Freshfields): KICA has negotiated a reduced drop-in rate of $10 for classes at Studio 33. This new group fitness studio offers a variety of classes including yoga, Pilates, Barre and more. Owners Liz and Frank Silva opened the studio in June. Their goal is to create a self-sustainable community around health and wellness. To sign up, either visit the studio or register online.

To register online:
Visit studio33kiawah.com/schedule.
-Select a class you would like to take.
-Create your account and select the drop-in rate.
-At checkout, enter the promo code “kica” for a $10 drop-in (KICA will confirm that you are indeed a KICA member and eligible for the discount).

Kiawah Island Golf Resort: The Kiawah Island Golf Resort is offering temporary access to fitness equipment (not classes) through Dec. 31, 2017.
-$50 per family.
-Access to KIGR fitness equipment center.
-Facility is located at the Night Heron Park Nature Center.
-Fitness equipment center hours are 6 a.m. – 11 p.m., at both locations.

KICA members interested in this option may get a code/pass from the resort’s Night Heron Park Nature Center, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

19 Miles of Leisure Trails and 10 Miles of Beach: Island owners and guests routinely say the best part of their experience is walking, running or biking the leisure trails and beach. If it’s been a while since you’ve availed yourself of Kiawah’s natural splendor, perhaps this is a great time to rediscover these valuable community assets.

The Sandcastle Pool
The pool is now closed, along with the entire facility, parking lot and boardwalk 8A. Boardwalk 8B is open; however, there is no parking available. As construction progresses, KICA will work with its contractor to determine whether a phased reopening of the facilities is possible. With significant work occurring around the entire site, members should expect the possibility that The Sandcastle pool will be closed for the duration of the project.

The Kiawah Island Golf Resort has again offered assistance to KICA members. Details are still being finalized, but the resort will offer pool-only memberships next spring, from the time the pools open until June 30. This membership is expected to cost approximately $275 per family. Additional details will be shared as they become available.

Community Club and Group Meeting Space
With the Town of Kiawah Island officially moved into their new facility, the former Kiawah Municipal Center building at 23 Beachwalker Drive has been renovated and renamed. The building, which houses KICA offices and member meeting space, is now called Beachwalker Center.

With the closure of The Sandcastle for its renovations, recreation staff, community groups and other events have been or are being relocated (as space allows) to Beachwalker Center. Office hours for recreation staff during this time are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For members visiting Beachwalker Center or the temporary fitness facility, KICA suggests carpooling when possible, as parking is limited at these locations.

If you would like to schedule space for a community group, or have other questions regarding KICA recreation and fitness, contact recreation staff at sandcastle@kica.us or 843-768-3875.