This harsh winter may be one reason why Roanoke County's new $30 million Rec Center is doing better than anyone expected.
The Green Ridge Recreation Center officially opened its doors on January first.
It's located in the northern part of the county near the intersection of Interstates 581 and 81.
Certainly playing a part in the rec center's popularity is the "new" factor, but county leaders say they are more than happy considering we're in the middle of a recession.
It's a familiar sound here at the Green Ridge Rec Center, people checking in.
It's especially busy on nights and weekends.
"It seems certain times of day it's really crowded," says member Jan Vanostrand.
"My grandson wants to come out here everyday," says member Dot Crush.
"Five days a week, Monday through Friday," says member Houston Otey.
County leaders expected an initial bounce when the facility first opened.
They never expected to have more than 5,600 members already, more than double than what was projected.