'All Ages, All Sizes' Visit Biloxi's Snyder Community Center

Gregory Peters is a personal trainer with the city of Biloxi, and he sees all kinds of people at the Snyder Community Center.

"From all ages, all sizes," Peters said. "Some of the ladies we have are in their mid-70s to young kids in their early teens."

For people like Biloxi resident Judy Rosencrans, the new community center means a much healthier, happier life. She has rheumatoid arthritis, and so for her, a walk around the track is important medicine.

"If I don't try to do something, I can find myself not able to get around at all, so I try to come here when I can," Rosencrans said.

The younger crowd tends to flock toward the treadmills and weight machines. Craig Harris started coming here four weeks ago after a long search for a gym.

"A friend of mine told me about this (facility)," Harris said. "I work out of town a lot and the contracts you got to get with a gym is, the lowest one I could get is a year."

But at "the Snyd," as it's affectionately called, there are no contracts and working out is free. The racquetball courts cost $3 to use per hour and the pool is $1 a day.

"It's a great facility," said Sara Ward, a D'Iberville resident. "I wish they had more of them because we have to drive a few miles to get here, but it's a lot of fun and it's worth it."

"Get the kids out, give them something to do," said Biloxi resident JoAnn Lollis. "There's not much to do in the winter time."

An average of 300 people use the facility each day and not everyone is exercising. Facility directors say it's fine if you just want to come and hang out.

"We got a little bit of everything in this place," Peters said. "You just got to come through the front door, sign the book and go for what you know."

The center is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Sunday. The pool is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.