What to ex­pect from the Marys­town YMCA

CEO Ja­son Brown talks about the pro­gram­ming that will be of­fered

The Southern Gazette - - SPORTS - BY COLIN FARRELL

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.

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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.

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