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At Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea Wednesday, workers are refurbishing a gym that will be set aside for use by the post’s growing teen population. Work is to finish in January. Measuring metal for a new ventilation system are Yi Yong-mi, left, and Jong In-ji.

At Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea Wednesday, workers are refurbishing a gym that will be set aside for use by the post’s growing teen population. Work is to finish in January. Measuring metal for a new ventilation system are Yi Yong-mi, left, and Jong In-ji. (Franklin Fisher / S&S)

At Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea Wednesday, workers are refurbishing a gym that will be set aside for use by the post’s growing teen population. Work is to finish in January. Measuring metal for a new ventilation system are Yi Yong-mi, left, and Jong In-ji.

At Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea Wednesday, workers are refurbishing a gym that will be set aside for use by the post’s growing teen population. Work is to finish in January. Measuring metal for a new ventilation system are Yi Yong-mi, left, and Jong In-ji. (Franklin Fisher / S&S)

Refurbishing of the gym is scheduled to be completed by January.

Refurbishing of the gym is scheduled to be completed by January. (Franklin Fisher / S&S)

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — Teens at Camp Humphreys soon will have a gym to call their own.

Workers are overhauling an old two-story gym near the base theater and are slated to finish work in early January.

It will then be reserved for the post’s growing teen population, which now stands at 205, said Robert H. McElroy, spokesman for U.S. Army Garrison-Humphreys.

"It provides another safe place where teens can go to have fun or work out or just be with their friends," he said.

The teens may still use any of the post’s three recently built gyms, but those 16 and younger are allowed into those only if they have an adult with them.

The post’s teens have used the Youth Services Center for indoor athletic and social events, but with more families and teens coming to the post, the center is running out of space, McElroy said.

The gym being overhauled remains slated for demolition sometime in the future.

The overhaul will cost about $196,000, McElroy said.

Workers are repainting the interior; replacing worn ceiling and floor tiles; polishing wood floors; replacing glass mirrors and bad light fixtures; and upgrading the heating and cooling and fire alarm systems, he said.

The gym’s two racquetball courts will be converted to storage and office space.

Its basketball court will become a multi-purpose court.

The upstairs weight room will become a space for yoga and dance classes, McElroy said.


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