YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo

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A Message to Members from our CEO

Updates Regarding Equipment & Space

February 5, 2020

Source: Vicky Kettner
Job Title: Marketing and Communications Director
Department: Mission Advancement
Phone: 2693459622128
Email: bdavis@kzooymca.org


If you have been part of the YMCA family for a while, you know that we have experienced tremendous growth since renovating our facilities to make the Y more accessible and welcoming. While this was our intention, it has come with some growing pains. January and February are always busy in this industry, and 2020 has been no different so far. Providing excellent service to our members is critically important to us, so here is a glimpse into some of our plans: immediate, short-term, and long-term, to accommodate our growing member base.

As soon as this week, you will begin seeing some repurposing of existing spaces at the Portage YMCA. We will be relocating the free weights to one of the current racquetball courts, which will provide additional space for that equipment as well as free up the current free weight room for new strength machines which will arrive soon. The new free weight room will offer more space.

Also within a similar timeframe, the spin cycle bikes at Portage YMCA will be moved from the racquetball hallway to inside the other racquetball court. Therefore, upon completion of these changes, racquetball will not be available at the Portage Y. Please remember that our Maple St. Y has four courts and that your membership is fully reciprocal at both of our locations.

Additional cardio machines have been ordered for the Maple St. YMCA also, which will require minor rearrangement of existing fitness spaces; we will communicate these additional details as soon as specifics are determined. Back at Portage YMCA: when the new strength equipment is moved into the former free weight area, this will allow us to add more cardio machines, as well as additional space for stretching and core work.

Beyond these short-term solutions, we are in conversations with our staff and board of directors about additional renovations at Portage YMCA that would take just a little longer to execute, but that could add much-needed square footage for programming and breathing room. I cannot elaborate further at this time until more is known, but please understand that just as our membership growth has not evolved overnight, neither will all of these solutions.

Lastly, both YMCA locations are adding staffing in the front desk and fitness spaces, and looking at additions to our group exercise schedules. Again, we will communicate further details when the specifics are known. While all these changes are happening, who knows? - maybe this will be an exciting time for you to shake up your fitness routine. If you're a treadmill die-hard, consider warming up on one of our indoor tracks if the machines are full. If you're open to cross-training, this would be a great time to try out your first pool workout or learn about our bikes, ellipticals or other machines, or even Tennis. With the variety our YMCAs have to offer, we are confident that you will find all the equipment and programs that meet your needs, and more.

Again, we take your satisfaction and suggestions seriously, and just wanted you to know what we have in the works for you. Thank you for your patience and loyalty!

Dave Morgan, CEO

Questions and concerns can be directed to Ben Davis, Chief Mission Advancement Officer via email; bdavis@kzooymca.org

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