YMCA to open more Arundel facilities Programs to fill gap left by Severna Park closing

September 18, 1996|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

The YMCA of Central Maryland is planning new youth and family programs at locations around the county in hopes of filling a gap created in the spring when the Severna Park YMCA went bankrupt.

Officials announced yesterday that they would offer teen nights out and adult health and fitness programs, among others, at high schools and other locations.

"We're very excited here in Anne Arundel County," Stephanie Duncan, chief executive officer of the YMCA's Arundel branch, said during a ceremony at Marley Station attended by more than 40 people.

YMCA officials said they did not want to leave the county without services, particularly programs for children. They said they do not have specific locations for the programs.

"We're pleased to have them back in our community, said County Executive John G. Gary, who attended the ceremony.

The Anne Arundel County Family YMCA began operating 10 months ago out of offices in Millersville to take the place of the Severna Park YMCA, which was dissolved after it accumulated $800,000 in debt.

Since then, the Anne Arundel branch has focused on summer camps and operating a child care program.

The branch is planning a fall family festival and a Halloween program next month.

The YMCA of Central Maryland, with headquarters in Baltimore and eight branches in surrounding counties, has an operating budget of $17.7 million.

For information on activities at the Anne Arundel YMCA, call 987-9988.

Pub Date: 9/18/96

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