YMCA moves child care, expands Wellness Center

More youngsters allowed at new off-site center

August 01, 2004|By Jessie Parker | Jessie Parker,SUN STAFF

The Carroll County Family YMCA has relocated its child care center to allow for the expansion and renovation of its Health and Wellness Center and the construction of a dance studio.

The 5,500-square-foot child care facility has been set up at 2103 Sykesville Road, about a half-mile from the main YMCA building at 1719 Sykesville Road. It opened June 2.

The child care program has been enlarged and now allows for the care of 100 children, up from the previous limit of 60. The YMCA is leasing the child care building, which formerly housed the child care organization Rainbows and Reasons.

"The opportunity for a very nice, new, licensed child care facility with a little more than double the space we had, less than half a mile away, that's not going to come around too often," said Jeff Sprinkle, executive director of the Carroll County Family YMCA.

Children attending the Preschool Child Care Center are taken by van to the main YMCA center for swimming lessons.

The Health and Wellness Center has been moved into the site previously used for child care. The new fitness area, which has windows on three walls, is 2,700 square feet, 1,100 square feet larger than the old area.

The YMCA has purchased new fitness machines for the expanded space, including treadmills, cross-trainers and recumbent bikes, as well as an iron grip dumbbell set and an Olympic bench and barbell set.

"We have a free-weight area that we really did not have before," said Nancy Kimble, annual fund coordinator for the YMCA. "We've taken into account what our members were looking for."

In addition to the new machines, new televisions and a broadcast vision digital stereo were installed in the new center, and space was set aside for a private fitness assessment area.

The previous Health and Wellness Center has been turned into an aerobics and dance center. Construction of a Connor Neo-shock flexible wood floor, designed to be forgiving on joints during high-impact moves, was completed at the end of last week. Dance and fitness classes, such as step aerobics, toning, pilates and yoga, are offered in the new dance studio and the gymnasium, where all classes were previously located.

Sprinkle declined to disclose the cost of the renovations.

The child care center was relocated during a weekend, and child care was unavailable for a day. The Health and Wellness Center was closed for three days while equipment was moved.

The YMCA is holding an open house from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. On that day, people can try the facilities for free, and the $99 joining fee will be waived for anyone who joins this month.

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