Laredo is home to nine different rec centers, spread out throughout the city. The price for membership use to be ten dollars annually but recently has gone up to fifty dollars. This has caused a problem for people on a fixed income and is why councilman, Alex Perez wants to help.
"We've been getting a lot of calls from older people. They're on a fixed income and can't afford go to these rec centers. Some of these people have disabilities, health problems, and they need to workout.
During the next city council meeting, Perez will discuss a possible fee removal or reduction for veterans, the elderly, and the disabled. Jerry Garcia is a veteran and thinks the proposal is great idea.
"I really think veterans would take advantage of that. I really feel it's beneficial for all veterans."
Garcia admits he's never been to one of the rec centers here in town but says he would check them out if this proposal were to pass.
"I've never gone to one because I stay active. I do a lot of exercise. It's something worth looking into.
Every rec center has a monthly newsletter that lists the different classes they offer throughout the week. You can find zumba, karate, and other active classes, but what would the older generation be into?
"I know they have a track, weight lifting...for older people like me I think a dance class. Something like a dance class would be out of this world."