ALL ABOUT THE LINK
About the Link
Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture has facilitated the feasibility study and has produced the following exhibits to illustrate the type of facility being considered and the amenities that would be included.  Please note, these are conceptual only.  The actual look and layout of the building may not be exactly as shown below.  
The City of Richland Hills is building a multipurpose community facility that will include the following amenities and programs:

Amenities:
  • Indoor Walking Track
  • Fitness and Weight Rooms
  • Gymnasium
  • Museum
  • Public Meetings Spaces
  • Arts and Crafts Area
  • Game Area 

Proposed Programs:
  • Senior Programming, including meals and games
  • Fitness Classes
  • Recreation Activities
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Child watch

This planning process has included meeting with several citizen focus groups and conducting a statistically valid survey in the community. 
Mission and Vision Statements
The Link Event and Recreation Center and its fiscal responsible ideals will bring the community together and promote an evolved level in quality of life with programs in education, fitness, recreation, the arts and sports. Its events and facilities will offer residents, businesses and visitors opportunities that are balanced in high quality service and experience.

The Link Event and Recreation Center will be an avenue for improved quality of life and fostering a sense of community.  It will be a regional hub for recreational programming and hosting events that will be a benchmark for others to model.
FAQ's
  1. How big is the facility, and what facilities will it have?
    The Link will be approximately 28,000 square feet. The Link will have a gymnasium, Fitness Floor, Indoor Track, Game Area, Bird's nest childcare, Museum, Group Fitness Room, Personal Training Studio, Locker rooms with Showers, and Community Rooms for renting.
  2. How did city staff establish the membership fee?
    Privately owned facilities are priced to make a profit. Some facilities offer more and then charge more. Municipal groups also have to choose whether to have high or low level of general fund subsidizing. In Richland Hills, the general fund (taxes collected) only subsidize 25% of the operational expenses. The Link's fees are scheduled to be the largest component of the revenue, not the tax base.
  3. What programs will be offered in the facility?
    See Programs Tab for more information. There will be programs for all age groups and family type programs as well. Most programs will be discounted for members. If you and your family are active all year long, the membership could effectively be free with program fees saved.
  4. How do I sign up for a membership?
    See the Membership Tab for more information.
  5. Can I sign up online?
    Yes. You will be able to create an account online and sign up for all classes online, but memberships can only be sold at the Link. The online system will allow you to manage your account with the Link, pay for classes, look at your weekly calendar and much more. To create an account or register online go to the Programs Page to find the link.
  6. What do you get for your membership?
    A member will be given access to the facility, including the weight room, the gymnasium, the indoor track, and locker room access. Members do not get any programming with the membership, classes have an additional cost. However, each active member receives a discount on most programs and rentals in the Link. If a member is in a lot of classes, the discounts can actually pay for the membership!
  7. I would like to host an event, are there rooms to rent at the Link?
    There will be many options to rent different facilities for almost any type of function. The Link will have a large community room that can host up to 200 people and smaller rooms for birthday parties and business meetings.
  8. What type of fitness classes will be hosted at the Link?
    Please look at the Fitness Tab for more information on all of the Link's fitness programs. The Link will have a combination of face-to-face group exercise classes as well as a video based system that can help staff fill in gaps of service. We will also have a boot camp and personal training. The Link will be about as full-service as possible.
  9. Where is the facility located?
    The facility will be located on the land north of City Hall, in between Rufe Snow and Matthews on Baker Blvd.
  10. Are there any member restrictions?
    Yes, children under 10 must be with an adult or checked into the Bird's Nest child care area. Additionally, members must be at least 14 to be on the Fitness Floor or in Group Exercise classes. Sorry for any inconvenience our age restrictions are younger than some clubs but older than others. We plan to offer some programs to help offset any disappointment with these restrictions.
  11. Can I use my Silver Sneakers or Silver&Fit memberships at the Link?
    Those eligible for either membership will have free access to The Link after creating an account with us. Please stop by the front desk to fill out the appropriate paperwork and then you can begin using the facility.