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YMCA adding program

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The YMCA of Clay County is set to unveil XRKADE.

XRKADE is a state-of-the-art 25,000-square foot facility that will be introduced to local youth Wednesday, July 29, at 4 p.m.

XRKADE will add a new experience for the youth in the community.

The XRKADE Club is a cutting-edge environment and experience complete with the most advanced active gaming and entertainment systems where people become a "human joystick."

The environment will include equipment like the Light Space, XRBoards, Xavix, Tread Climbing Wall and more. Participants get to engage in unique physical challenges while getting the added benefit of moving and being physically active.

"The addition of the XRKADE will not only add exciting new programming and equipment to our facility, but it will assist the YMCA in bridging the gap to better serve the teen population in our community and combat childhood obesity on a local level," YMCA of Clay County Executive Director Chad Zaucha said.

The YMCA of Clay County is a charitable community service organization that includes men, women and children of all ages, abilities, incomes, races and religions. It is dedicated to building strong kids, strong families and strong communities by putting Christian principles into programs that promote healthy lifestyles, strong values, leadership development, community interaction and international understanding.

Programs include childcare, which includes school-aged childcare, and summer day camp, youth sports programs, which include basketball, soccer, volleyball and dodgeball, and senior programs, which include Tai Chi and Silver Sneakers.

The YMCA of Clay County serves 3,600 members and provides more than $50,000 in financial assistance annually to the community.

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I would really like to see a swimming pool...

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Mon, Jul 20, 2009, at 5:23 AM

its a shame the ymca is so expensive for kids to join

-- Posted by houseofhate on Mon, Jul 20, 2009, at 4:49 PM

Something wonderful like this is now being offered in our community and the only responses are negative. The YMCA offers scholarships to offset the cost of joining. The YMCA has also done cost analysis for installing a pool and they discovered that they could not continue to operate the facility if one were to be put in.

-- Posted by cubbiefan on Tue, Jul 21, 2009, at 9:55 AM

I have already written a letter to the editor but I feel compelled to vent here as well!

Why would the YMCA spend money for some more exercise equipment and not work towards installing a pool? My family will join the Y the day they start construction.

-- Posted by mbchristie on Tue, Jul 21, 2009, at 2:51 PM

Why does everything have to have a negative side. This may not be the addition you wanted, but it is a positive one. Our YMCA is a beautiful facility and it may seem expensive, but it is as cheap as $5 a month for a child under 14. How many people spend 10 times that amount for one video game for their child in a month? A family can join for about $1 a day. I don't think it can get much cheaper then that. Now I too like the idea of a pool, but this idea is for the children. There is plenty for adults to do at the Y at this time. If people think that the membership at our Y is expensive, then go to all the neighboring Y's and see what their rates are. You might not like the rates for Y's that have a pool. Pools need lifeguards and expensive maintenance. It probably wouldn't be cost effective to build a pool at a time when if the membership rates doubled or tripled, no one would be able to afford to go.

Our YMCA is a wonderful, beautiful, well maintained facility. They have so many programs and try to help with scholarships the best they can. Thanks for the new room Chad. It's nice to know that my daughter will have something fun and active to do while I work out.

-- Posted by huladancer on Tue, Jul 21, 2009, at 7:44 PM

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