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Possible expansion?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The YMCA of Clay County, 225 E. Kruzan St., Brazil, and its board of directors are looking into the feasibility of leasing the former Riverbank Family and Fitness Center, Terre Haute. [Order this photo]
Fact-finding mission not complete

A local organization is looking into the possibility of expanding.

The YMCA of Clay County, 225 E. Kruzan St., and its board of directors are looking into the feasibility of leasing the building which held the Riverbank Family and Fitness Center.

The center, located at 951 Dresser Drive in Fairbanks Park, Terre Haute, officially closed its doors at the end of business Dec. 8, 2010. Since then, the local YMCA and the Paris Community YMCA, 109 E. Madison St., Paris, Ill., have offered assistance to those affected by the closure with no additional charge and honoring memberships when using their facilities.

Recently, the YMCA of Clay County has been on a fact-finding mission to learn more about the possibilities.

"With our local fundraisers, like the Strong Kids Campaign, starting up in the last week, it has been pushed to the back burner a little bit," YMCA of Clay County CEO Deborah Plummer told The Brazil Times. "We will find out more about what information has been gathered at the next board meeting on Feb. 17."

Paul Sinders, who sits on the YMCA Board of Directors, added there are multiple facets that are being reviewed.

"There is a lot to consider in this situation," he said. "Not only do we have to look at if their community would support a YMCA, we have to research other factors like the costs of providing adequate staff and maintaining the equipment."

Both Plummer and Sinders confirmed that no Clay County dollars would be used to support a facility in Terre Haute, and the fact-finding mission would not detract from the focus locally.

"YMCA's are always supported by their individual communities," Plummer said. "Clay County is our primary market and there will be no decisions made that would adversely affect our local facility."

Plummer added the major factor to determine if opening a YMCA in Terre Haute/Vigo County could be successful is gauging potential support.

"Even with the other facets we are looking in to, the biggest question is if the Terre Haute and Vigo County communities would have enough support to keep a YMCA up and running," she said.

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I'm very pleased that the YMCA of Clay County is looking to expand into Vigo County. As a resident of Terre Haute, I've been very disappointed in how our local Y's have been ran these past few years. They forgot the original intent of the YMCA concept. The membership fees were way too high and many services were additional fees on top of that.

I've always hoped that we would have the excellent leadership the Clay County YMCA has enjoyed.

Kevin Bell

Terre Haute

-- Posted by kevinbe on Sun, Feb 6, 2011, at 10:32 PM

Although I usually commend an organization for trying to better itself, I find the fact that Clay County YMCA wants to expand into Vigo County crazy.

How about finishing the projects at the current YMCA that were shown to the citizens of Clay County. It seems to me there are several phases of the current Y that have never been completed and seem to have been forgotten.

-- Posted by observation on Mon, Feb 7, 2011, at 12:01 PM


Don't be too fooled. Although I am not a member of the Clay County YMCA; therefore, I am not familiar with their fee structure. I have however been a member and a board member of a neighboring Y. Many of the fee structures I've seen are the same, high membership fees and aditional charges for other services. They have the same problem as the government. WASTE, WASTE, WASTE! Good luck though.

-- Posted by Partrosie on Mon, Feb 7, 2011, at 6:01 PM

I am still waiting on the racquetball court. I gave money when it started for that reason. I am not a member now, but could be.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Tue, Feb 8, 2011, at 6:28 AM

I am currently a member of the Clay County YMCA and I believe that the membership prices are very reasonable! All of their fitness classes are included in the fee and there is no extra charge for childwatch!!!

-- Posted by sexybrunette on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 8:26 AM

Ironic, Brazil Y's finally going to have the much anticipated swimming pool, just have to drive to Terre Haute to use it.

-- Posted by reddevil on Thu, Feb 10, 2011, at 9:25 PM

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