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VillaSport resort adds new dimension to fitness options

Athletic club and spa opens with four pools, water slides, outdoor bar and cafe


Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Two boys break in the basketball hoop in one of the outdoor pools at VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa on Monday, the opening day of the resort-like facility at Southwest Murray Boulevard and Jenkins Road.Like many retirees, Graham Wilson enjoys his annual ritual of spending a week at the beach with his wife and children.

But when the Cooper Mountain resident learned VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa was coming to Beaverton, he sat down to do the math.

“I figured it out that if we spent three days less at the beach, it pays a whole year’s membership here,” Wilson said. “For what a membership encompasses, on the whole, this is well worth it.”

Wilson, his wife, Julie, and their grown daughter Allison Berg — who works as a group exercise instructor at the club — were among those luxuriating by the outdoor pool area at VillaSport. Located at Southwest Murray Boulevard and Jenkins Road, directly east of the Nike World Headquarters campus, the club opened its doors to members after a Monday morning ribbon-cutting ceremony.Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - The spacious sauna in the men's locker room at VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa features three decks on either side and a flat-screen TV. The women's locker room has one just like it.

Local dignitaries including Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey, Oregon Sen. Mark Hass, Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce President Lorraine Clarno, City Councilors Cate Arnold and Marc San Soucie joined Joseph Syufy, VillaSport’s chief executive officer, and General Manager Phil Galvin to dedicate the 130,000-square-foot club. Amenities at VillaSport include four indoor and outdoor swimming pools, two spiraling water slides, an expansive fitness-machine center, children’s play area, a cafe and outdoor bar and restaurant.

Beaverton marks the first Oregon location for VillaSport, which has two popular clubs in Colorado Springs, Colo., and The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston. Construction is set to begin on additional locations in Redwood City and Roseville, Calif.

Galvin said it’s no accident that VillaSport — for which ground was broken last November — seems like a universe away from the average corporate fitness center.

“I can’t tell you how excited we are, to go from zero to 60 as fast as we did” with this facility, he said. “We want to be the best. Joe (Syufy) didn’t build this place to be second best.”

The club exceeded its initial membership recruitment drive goals, with an open house on Saturday likely helping the process along. It’s not club policy, however, to share those numbers.

“We surpassed our goals for sure,” Syufy said while relaxing at the poolside bar after the ribbon-cutting. “We’re really happy with the reception we’ve gotten in the community. Clearly, they ‘get it’ — the idea that all these things are available under one roof.”Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Phi Lam lifts weights with the help of Daylem Wheeler at the new VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa on Monday.

Memberships at VillaSport are based on a $225 enrollment fee for a primary adult, with $100 for each additional adult and $50 per child in a household. Monthly dues are $108 for the primary adult, $65 per additional household adult and $50 for each child and young adult 22 and younger. Day passes are also available for $28 per adult and $17 per child.

Beaverton resident Mary Schermerhorn, who signed up for a membership last spring to include herself, husband Chris, and their two children, aged 10 and 12, noted the affordability of the club is largely up to how a family uses it.

“I think if you use your membership, it’s an incredible value,” she said. “Here, there’s something for everyone in the family. I see us getting a lot of use out of it.”

Doyle, who with his wife, Anne, were among the first to sign VillaSport membership contracts earlier this year, said the facility not only fits the family-oriented appeal of Beaverton, but serves as a high-profile example of the area’s economic vitality.

“If you want your child to be in a safe, inviting place, this is it,” he said while enjoying a hamburger lunch and Diet Coke at the poolside bar. “This is good for families and embodies exactly what people think about Beaverton: parks, schools, kids, recreation equals a quality place to live. It makes perfect sense that this facility is here.Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - The family-friendly indoor pool was busy at VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa on Monday.