Oenovations continue at YMCA wellness center
Plans for a proposed collaboration project between the North Penn YMCA and three other agencies are still being reviewed and are years away from becoming a reality.
But Y patrons and visitors may have noticed work that’s already going on behind the scenes — and according to YMCA CEO Bob Gallagher, those improvements should bring a better experience than ever to facilities that are long overdue for some upgrades.
“This building was built in 1963, which means it was planned in the late 1950s. That means a lot of the technology we’re still using is pre-space program, maybe even based on World War II technology,” said Gallagher.
“That’s not only before iPods and tablets, they didn’t even have computers. That’s the YMCA model across the country, but it’s 2012 and time for us to do something,” he said.
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Exercise equipment from the center’s former incar- nation is still sitting in place, largely covered with sheets to keep them clean from construction debris. Above the old equipment is where the real work is taking place.
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Babysitting rooms and VWuGLR VSDFe IRr fiWneVV classes will be blocked off from adult weight-lifting equipment, for example, and a “green zone” of refurbished and environmentally friendly exercise equipment will be near a rock wall on the opposite side of the center, next to television screens showing whatever the day’s biggest sports events are in a Sports Zone designed for teens and young adults.
Staff and most of the YMCA’s current clients have already been notified of the upcoming changes and the coming weeks will reveal more as the revamped center takes shape.
Modernized locker rooms and ultimately a new family pool are phased in as the collaborative project works its way through the planning process.
“We did discuss looking at other townships and new locations, but ultimately we made the decision that we wanted to find new ways to serve the community here,” said Gallagher.
“Last year we provided nearly $ 1 million in charitable services to the community, and we’re really hopeful we can continue to do that, and that this project will be a big part of helping turn this part of town around,” he said.
The North Penn YMCA’s Rotelle Wellness Center was closed weeks ago as renovations began.