What to expect from the Marystown YMCA
CEO Jason Brown talks about the programming that will be offered
With the opening of Marystown’s new recreation complex getting closer by the day, many are wondering about the programming that will be available at the facility.
The Town of Marystown signed an agreement with the YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador to operate the complex in October.
Jason Brown, the organization’s CEO, filled The Southern Gazette in on some of the details Thursday.
Brown said swimming will be offered on a membership and day-pass basis.
“It will be in aquatics — that includes swim lessons for all ages, recreational swimming, fitness swimming, and we’ll probably have some family swims on the schedule as well,” he said.
Brown added the facility will also offer a variety of fitness activities.
“Strength, cardio, and free weights — we’ll have fitness programs, as well as gymnasium programs like basketball, and something we call indoor playground,” he said.
The indoor playground is designed for kids with activities such as a bouncy castle and climbing equipment.
The Marystown YMCA will also have staff who provide child-minding services.
“Members who want to exercise and have our staff look after their children can do that,” Brown said.
Although there has been no official word on the cost of a membership, Brown said it should be lower than the fees paid in St. John’s.
“Typically, a child or youth membership would be around $30 a month … and an adult membership would be just over $50 a month,” he said.
He added memberships in- clude all programming offered by the YMCA including swim lessons for all ages.
There are discounts for families who wish to purchase memberships.
“I think it is also important to remember that the YMCA has a financial assistance program. No one is turned away for inability to pay our fees. We find a way to make it affordable for everybody,” he said.
The Marystown YMCA will offer swimming on a membership and day-pass basis once the new recreation complex opens. The Town of Marystown signed an agreement with the YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador to operate the facility in October.