What’s new at the Southeastern Indiana YMCA? “As part of our Healthy Youth Initiative, we will be making available free youth memberships to sixth-grade students in Batesville, St. Louis, Milan and Jac-Cen-Del middle schools through the end of May,” reports executive director Angie Johnson.
The rec room has been upgraded with a 28-foot horizontal rock climbing wall, and exer-bikes arrive soon. She says, “These are bikes where kids pedal, competing with one another to advance through the activity shown on a large screen.”
According to Johnson, “This summer we renovated two child care playgrounds, replacing the 15-year-old black tire chips for a cleaner and safer pour-in-place surfacing. We have also redone fractured concrete, and added ADA-accessible doors to our front entrances, welcoming those visitors with walkers, wheelchairs or less strength to join us with ease.”
Adults have two fresh group exercise choices. Barre (pronounced “bar”), offered Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., is a core and strength class with a fusion of ballet and Pilates using a bender ball. Turbo kick, a cardio and core class, returns to the Y Mondays at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 5:30 a.m.
A capital development assessment is underway. She explains, “Due to the growth of our membership and program involvement, we have found the need to explore additional options to accommodate our growth. We are in the process of seeking community feedback on how the Y can best deliver programs and services addressing critical issues in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.” A committee consists of Guy Folkman, Dennis Harmeyer, Denette Callahan, Luke Kaiser, Tim Dietz, Geralyn Litzinger and Ted Harmeyer.
In June focus groups of over 30 community leaders discussed what they felt were the area’s most underserved age groups and the center’s greatest challenges. In the next few months, a survey will be accessible for residents in the service area of Ripley and Franklin counties.