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PLUM STREET Y
The South Sound YMCA is making a change to benefit our community and its residents. The Board of Trustees of the South Sound YMCA voted overwhelmingly to consolidate 5th Avenue Fitness into the Y through the purchase of the center.
Combining these two centers into one is an initial step in developing a long-term plan to maintain our commitment to downtown Olympia.
The Downtown Y on Franklin Street has served the community and members well for over 100 years. Because of its age, lack of parking, and the amount of work that needs to be done, the effectiveness of the current Downtown Y is diminished. It is so far beyond its useful life that a new solution is necessary, according to South Sound Y President and CEO Kyle Cronk. The facility has admirably served the community and especially its children for over a century.
“We could spend a million dollars in the building and not make a single improvement that would make a difference, or even be noticed, by members past or present. Its just time to move,” added Cronk.
The 5th Avenue site offers 16,000 square feet of programmable space with 53 parking stalls. The 5th Avenue Fitness location will close for several months beginning November 18, 2017, for renovations and improvements. When it re-opens, it will serve as the new Downtown Y location, and the Y on Franklin Street will close. The Briggs YMCA, located at Yelm Hwy and Henderson Blvd, is a branch of the South Sound YMCA, so it is included in Y membership. Members can access programs and services at that facility, including the aquatic center.
An implementation plan is underway, and the new facility will become part of the South Sound YMCA in Spring of 2018, as the Plum Street YMCA. “We are thrilled with the potential new opportunities this resource will bring, along with the ability to serve new members,” says Cronk. “At the Y, we strive to provide the best service and most value for each member.”
In addition to activities and programs to improve health for people of all ages and backgrounds, the Y has achievement gap programs, enriching afterschool child care, summer camp, teen leadership, youth sports, volunteer activities, and more.
“We invite everyone in the community to check out the Y and get involved. Every day, we are making a difference in the lives of local children, teens, adults, and families,” Jones says. “The Y is much more than a place to work out. It is a nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community—along with the residents in our community. It is critical to quality of life and economic development in downtown Olympia.”
Cronk says the Y and 5th Avenue Fitness staff members will work hard to make it a smooth transition. As the consolidation plan is finalized, details will be announced. In the meantime, Cronk invites all residents to stop in and check out the Y and what it offers for everyone.