"We have developed a positive relationship with the City of Terre Haute Mayor's office, the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation management and Board of Directors," YMCA of Clay County CEO Deborah Plummer told The Brazil Times.
"We are currently involved in ongoing talks about the lease agreement for the facility located in Fairbanks Park."
Plummer said through committee work, board discussion and market research, the local Y Board of Directors reached the conclusion that it was possible to service both communities.
"Our plan will be to operate two separate locations, each supported separately by the communities they serve," Plummer said. "The Clay County YMCA and the Vigo County YMCA will each utilize their community's resources to provide opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive."
The Vigo County YMCA, located at 951 Dresser Drive in Fairbanks Park, closed in December 2010.
Plummer said youth development will be the focus of both entities.
"Our initial offerings in Vigo County will include individual fitness, group exercise classes, Child Watch, in house child care for parents of children from 6-weeks to 6-years-old while they are exercising, and aquatics programming," Plummer said. "We will evaluate community needs to determine if child care programs, youth sports or adult sports programs are needed.
"Our plan is not to duplicate services that already exist, but to provide unique services and reach underserved groups."
Plummer said current YMCA of Clay County members will see no changes to services.
"We would not do anything that would jeopardize our current operations," Plummer said. "We will continue to garner community support in Clay County through our annual Strong Kids Campaign in February. These funds will assist members of the Clay County community to access services like School Age Child Care, Summer Day Camp and Youth Sports that they would not be able to afford due to limited financial resources.
"We will also continue to offer scholarships for membership for individuals in Clay County."
However, Plummer said Clay County YMCA members will have the option of upgrading memberships to use both facilities, including the indoor pool in Vigo County.
"Prior to opening the new location, we will need to have the Vigo County resources in place, which include a financial goal of $100,000 and the final lease agreement with the city," Plummer said. "We will be accepting applications for employment at the new facility after the first of the year."