YMCA receives another round of NAP credits to improve facility

Friday, March 14, 2014
Facility and Grounds Manager Randy Siebert installs the new monitors at the front desk on Feb. 6. The monitors replaced the whiteboards the Y had used to highlight the days schedule. (Kelsey Alumbaugh/Democrat-News)

Salt Fork YMCA has received its second round of Neighborhood Assistance Program Tax Credits, and the Y has almost been completely overhauled.

"We are all done with that now and we appreciate everyone's patience during that time," CEO Suzanne Smith said.

The first round of NAP credits allowed for facility improvements, like new flooring downstairs and revamped locker rooms. This round of credits went towards new cardio equipment, weights, rubberized flooring, spin bikes and more.

"The rubberized weight flooring went in upstairs in the cardio and free weight area, and it also went in the bike room and into the kids' gym," Smith said. "Upstairs we took up all the old, original carpet and in kids' gym we took up tile and carpet both, and it was all replaced with rubberized flooring. It is much easier to keep clean and it helps with the weights as far as being more of a sound barrier than what we'd had."

The new Cybex equipment fills the cardio room at Salt Fork YMCA. (Kelsey Alumbaugh/Democrat-News)

After the new floors were put in, the cardio and weight lifting equipment was replaced.

"The big thing this year has been all the new equipment of course and actually ... the actual price of the new equipment was over half a million dollars, including the upstairs and all the new spin bikes," Smith said, noting they received a discount on the equipment.

The racquetball court is no more after this round of NAP credits, and the room is now two rooms--one upstairs and the other downstairs. The upstairs room has been used for yoga classes, and the plans for the lower level room are to utilize it for exergaming equipment.

"Our teens will be able to utilize it but they'll also be able to use it for the DREAM TEAM, aerobic classes, etc.," Smith said. "It won't be a room that's locked. It'll be a room that kids can go and work out in."

The spinning room receives a make over with new flooring, sound-proofing and spin bikes. (Kelsey Alumbaugh/Democrat-News)

Other facility improvements are the repaved parking lot, updated YMCA logos, a security camera system and some new chemical testing items for the pool.

A new InBody machine, gymnastics equipment, Biddy Basketball goals, a bounce house, a new 24-passenger van, another new basketball goal for the pool area, new equipment for swim lessons and water aerobics, mannequins for CPR and first aid, tables and chairs to be utilized for trivia night and facility rentals, a new paging system, new headsets for the instructors and electronic monitors instead of whiteboards round out the new items at the Y.

"The InBody machine -- with that we are partnering with Fitzgibbon Hospital and a nutritionist will come out once a quarter and meet with people who have had the InBody done," Smith said. "We'll do the InBody free for members once per quarter."

She said the indoor bounce house would be used for the annual Halloween party and some birthday party packages.

The Y is also offering several new programs as well this year. DREAM TEAM, Women on Weights, dance and gym, home school physical education and aqua boot camp are all offered for members to take advantage of. Some programs are an additional cost, so consult a program guide or Y staff member about each individually. Adult co-ed volleyball and fifth-quarter dances are also new this year. The fifth-quarter dances are held periodically and Smith said about 150 children show up for that. The Y has also started doing kids' night outs, which are extended from kids' evening outs.

A Schloman Asphalt worker smooths the fresh asphalt in the Y's parking lot in May 2013. (Kelsey Alumbaugh/Democrat-News)

"The kids actually spend the whole night at the Y," Smith said. "We do those about once a quarter."

Smith said another new addition is a personal trainer.

"We have a personal trainer. We haven't had a personal trainer in quite some time," she said.

Smith said membership is up to 3,800 members, and she hopes to see it continue to rise.

The Y doesn't plan to stop finding ways to benefit the community any time soon. Smith said they are in the stages of putting together the after school program that will begin in the fall. They plan to start the program at Benton and Northwest Elementary Schools. Students from other elementary schools who wanted to be involved would be bussed to those locations. Kindergarten through second grade would be at one location and third and fourth would be at the other.

Contact Kelsey Alumbaugh at kalumbaugh@marshallnews.com