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YMCA plans for Vigo County move ahead

Monday, January 2, 2012

The YMCA of Clay County. [Order this photo]
After a year of evaluation, the YMCA of Clay County Board of Directors are convinced operating a facility in Vigo County will be a good thing.

"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."

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does anyone know why you can't join the Y monthly or semi annually instead of yearly?

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 10:19 AM

Does this mean the people of Clay County can also use this facility without any additional fees. I hope so.... Maybe we could get a pool and a bigger sauna for the Brazil YMCA.......

-- Posted by Unsolicitedtidbits on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 3:18 PM

A lot more of clay co residents would be a member if we had a pool, as we were told in the beginning. Now you want us to drive to Terre Haute. You can bet your A-- IT WON'T BE FREE TO CLAY CO RESIDENTS. Wake up Clay Co!

-- Posted by Eaglesnest 1 on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 5:14 PM

YMCA here is not worth the money for a year membership unless you play BB and vollyball, weights, isn't the extra classes more?

they need to go back to monthly , think they would make more.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 8:21 PM

"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."

Doesn't sound like it's going to be free.........

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 2:05 PM

Just to clarify questions that have been posted:

Memberships at the Clay County Y are annual memberships that draft from a checking, savings or credit card accounts on a monthly basis. Youth (3-13 yrs) memberships are $6.50 per month. Young Adult (14-19 yrs) memberships are $14 per month. Adult memberships are $23 per month. Couple memberships are $29 per month. Family memberships are $33 per month. Single parent family memberships are $27.50 per month. Senior (62 yr +) memberships are $13.00 per month. Senior Couple (both 62 yr +) memberships are $15.00 per month. When you come to join, there is an initial joiner's fee of $20 and you pay the prorated fee from the day you join until your first draft. Call the Y 812-442-6761 or stop by for details about these memberships.

If you have not used the Y before, your first visit is free. Day passes are available for $6 for adults and $4 for kids if you don't want to commit to a membership. Three month and six month memberships are available but they are somewhat more expensive and you must pay the total fee in advance. Again call the Y or stop by for details.

Our group fitness classes are Toning, Zumba, Zumba Gold, Kickboxing, Athletic Conditioning, Silver Sneakers, Tai Chi and Yoga. These classes are free with your membership.

Our Child Watch program allows families to bring their 6wk to 6yr old children with them to the Y for supervised fun while the adults workout. There is a onetime $5 fee per family and then the sessions are free. The program is available on a first come first served basis with a maximum of 20 children at one time.

The XRKADE is our fun interactive Youth Fitness room. It is open from 5:00pm to 8:30pm Monday through Thursday, 5:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday, 9am to noon on Saturday and noon to 3pm on Sunday. This room is also free to members.

We are still in lease negotiations with the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Dept so we don't have membership rates or an opening date finalized for the Vigo County Y. Because of the pool expenses, the rates will be approximately 25% higher than the rates in Clay County Y. So members in Clay County that want to use both facilities will be able to pay an additional fee per month to access both facilities. For a family, I would estimate it would be an extra $10 per month. As for the drive to use the pool, many residents in Clay County drive to Vigo County for entertainment. Much of that entertainment costs more than $10 per month.

If you have any other questions, feel free to call the Y and we will provide you with all the details that we have available. Please be patient with us as we develop the Vigo County Y programs. We feel it is going to provide a wonderful opportunity for more individuals to be positively impacted by Y programs without hurting our current operations. Thank you!

-- Posted by Deb Plummer on Thu, Jan 5, 2012, at 1:44 PM

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