Ridgeland city officials released this rendering of a new fitness center planned for the Police Department property.
Ridgeland city officials released this rendering of a new fitness center planned for the Police Department property.
RIDGELAND — Aldermen last week unanimously approved a fitness and wellness center for city employees on the Ridgeland Police Department campus on School Street.

Community Development Director Alan Hart said that the center was conceptually designed in-house by the city planner to keep costs down. Drawings show a rectangular building with a double door entrance and a side door. A sketch of the inside of the facility includes a single bathroom and proposed placement of workout equipment.

Police Chief John Neal said they hope to have a facility roughly 1,000 square feet that houses free weights, treadmills and other equipment.

RPD has $77,000 leftover from a Blue Cross Blue Shield grant earmarked for the 1,000 square foot facility.

Mayor Gene McGee noted that while this facility would be on the Police Department campus, it would be made available to all city employees.

The center will be located on the south side of the RPD campus just behind the Court Services building.

The Charles N. White Construction Company has offered to donate its services to the city at no cost. They will oversee and manage the project.