The Hammond Gymnastics Center in Sandy Springs will be managed by Phoenix Gymnastics LLC under a five-year contract with the city. CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS

Sandy Springs awards gymnastics management contract

Phoenix Gymnastics LLC has been awarded the contract to manage the Hammond Gymnastics Center for Sandy Springs.

The city will receive $33,500 in the first year, and $90,000 in years two through five, under an agreement approved by the City Council. In return, the city will contribute $10,000 a year to replace worn or dated equipment at the center, 705 Hammond Road.

The city accepted Phoenix’s offer over that of Elite Talent Academy, which proposed a $63,000 annual return to the city over five years.

“The primary use of the facility will remain developing youth gymnasts and supplemental programming in fitness and health instruction,” staff said in a report to the council.

The city opted to outsource management of the gymnastics center to counter a downward trend in participation over the last three years, staff said. Overall registrations declined by 18 percent, a loss of 801 seasonal registrants, from fiscal 2017 to fiscal 2018.

“The awarded vendor will assume responsibility for planning and conducting all activities and programs (including) class instruction, staff supervision, program registration, janitorial and security,” staff said. “Preschool, recreational and team gymnastics are significant program options, with martial arts program rentals and birthday parties an important revenue source.”

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