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6/4/2014 10:01:00 AM
The YMCA may come here

Briana Lonas

A survey circulating amongst Prescott Valley businesses, government, and other local venues has garnered a strong interest in bringing a YMCA to town.

"Preliminary support is strong, and once we determine enough interest with this survey, we'll meet again with town council and see what types of programs would have the most interest," said YMCA Executive Director Damon Olsen. Citizens have until mid July to respond to the survey.

Once enough backing from the area has been collected, Damon said, his staff would then work to gather community partners in setting up and providing space for the various programs. For example, certain youth sports agendas need gymnasium space, so a school could be a potential partner to run those events.

"That support would provide a good indication that the community could sustain a YMCA facility," he said.

If Prescott Valley could sustain a YMCA facility, then staff would determine if there are enough people interested in paying for the programs. "Our immediate needs would be to look at finding collaborate partners," he said regarding the construction of a facility.

The YMCA will conduct another survey in the fall, asking citizens that if a facility were built, would they come to it?

"Communities benefit from the Y in terms of its programs and amenities. I can't imagine Prescott without one," Olsen said.

Prescott Valley is growing and it's a great, affordable place for kids and families. The Y would be a good fit and give youth a positive place to go, especially now with the entertainment district curfew in place, Olsen said.

The Prescott YMCA has close to 10,000 members, a figure that is measured by units that could either represent a single member or a family of seven, Olsen explained. Prescott Valley membership makes up between 10 and 15 percent of that total.

Prescott Valley Deputy Town Manager Ryan Judy said officials hosted a meeting with YMCA representatives several months ago, adding that the town receives frequent requests from residents for a YMCA in town.

According to the town's Facebook postings, "children and teens of this town would greatly benefit from activity centers designed for them. Options for winter are desperately dire!" wrote Tammy Waithman

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014
Article comment by: Daniel Bonnet

I remember spending hours daily in the Y pool. I became a top swimmer in Rochester, NY. Without the pool at the Y, I would have been getting in trouble. Now, I need a place to exercise without stress on my hips & knees. I am a member of the YMCA, & live in Dewey & though I would like to go there often, the cost of gas, traffic & time it takes to get there is prohibitive. It would be great to have a Y in PV where I could swim & do water aerobics to keep my physical health. I am 80 years old. I have several gym possibilities in PV, but none with a pool. Treadmills are too stressful on my replaced hips & knee. I had a quad bypass 7 years ago so I really need full body exercise, which can be done in a pool. I'm sure there are other senior citizens who would fill the pool hours.

Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014
Article comment by: Why a Y?

An overpriced Y? Why? We already have the YMCA in Prescott. The Boys and Girls Club is on the rebound for our kids, and it would seem the PV Parks and Rec offers a lot of alternatives for adults and kids. If there's something that you want, go talk to these people. Let's keep our programs local and reasonably priced. A Y wouldn't be offering a roller skating rink or Spanish classes. And I bet the college already offers a beginning Spanish class.

Posted: Sunday, June 8, 2014
Article comment by: terrell denman

Would love for the ymca to be in Prescott Valley. We have needed this for a long time. How about a beginning Spanish class for adults? How about a roller rink?

Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014
Article comment by: parent pv

we used to have the ACE YMCA childcare facility and it worked wonders and had high numbers indicating it was of great use to the parents of PV. It would be a great asset given the lack of attractions and activities in PV and the minimal childcare for day camp, before school care and after school care for working parents with extended schedules.

Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Article comment by: a concerned parent

I, for one, would love to have a Y in Prescott Valley. This town has become so kid UNFRIENDLY, if we don't do something the crime rate is going to sky-rocket because they are so bored. This would give them something positive to do all year around. Put it in the center of town so the kids can get there to enjoy it. Bring a roller skating rink, and good healthy activities and watch the kids blossom!

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