YMCA updates facilities, programs

Published 11:00 am Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Some changes are afoot at the Greenville YMCA as the facility gears up for summer.

“Our pool is now open again on the weekends, and we will be open daily starting Saturday, May 28,” said YMCA director Amanda Phillips. Mondays through Saturdays, members can swim and splash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., while non-members can enjoy a cool dip from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. There is a $5 fee for non-members to use the pool.

It’s members only each Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, members can enjoy a night swim from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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“We have 17 lifeguards on the roster this year so there will be plenty of eyes on the pool,” Phillips said.

The Y will be getting a new roof this year, with work slated to begin within the next week-and-a-half.

“We’ve been told this will probably take three weeks to complete, during which we will be staying open,” Phillips said.

According to the Y director, once the new roof is in place, the fitness center will be expanded to take up one side of the building, with classrooms and daycare facilities on the other side.

“We are also getting new equipment, including treadmills and spin bikes, and will start offering Greenville’s first spinning classes,” Phillips said.

Summer Day Camp at the Y will kick off May 31 with the theme of “Exploration Nation,” and some changes are planned for that program as well.

“While we will have our usual arts and crafts, games and other activities, we are also adding academics to the program this year,” Phillips said. “We know that students often lose ground over the summer, and we want to help them keep up with their school work and have lots of fun, too.”

Reading and writing are on the agenda, with plans to add computer classes if computers can be obtained.

Parents interested in enrolling their children in the Summer Camp Program are invited to attend an open house at the Y from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, May 21.

“We will have our director and counselors on hand to meet parents and answer questions, and we will also have some of their artwork and crafts projects on display. It’s a good overview of what parents can expect their children to take away from the program,” said Phillips. “We’re excited about all the great things happening at the Y this summer. Anyone who is not already a member should stop by and check us out.”

For more information on all of the Y programs and/or membership, call their office at 382-0550.