Coppin State University (CSU) held the grand opening of its new Health and Human Performance Wellness Center on Sept. 20, marking a new era not only for the historically Black school, but for the surrounding community.

The Wellness Center, which is housed in the new edifice, will offer memberships to Baltimore City residents and the school’s students for the state-of-the-art fitness center and aquatic center and will offer aerobic fitness, cycling, nutrition, racquetball, strength training, swimming, yoga and professional training classes. Fitness assessments, massage and personal training options will also be available.

“The center plans to be vocal in the importance of working towards total wellness in every aspect,” said Christopher Walton, coordinator of the CSU Health and Human Performance Wellness Center, in a statement. “We anticipate setting new precedents in delivering quality service and support for health and wellness in the Coppin and urban community.”

The school opened the new facility on Sept. 20 with appearances by local elected officials, members of the local Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, who announced the creation of The Healthy Living Academy with Coppin. The initiative will provide an after-school wellness program for local students.