New YMCA Facility to Offer Activities and Programs to Alexandria Residents | Local news

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ALEXANDRIA – With the opening of its own YMCA branch later this month, the city is adding family-friendly amenities that authorities see as a “win-win” for its residents.

The YMCA of Alexandria facility, which will share the space of the old Alexandria Elementary School building with the district headquarters, is slated to open on January 19 and will offer a variety of youth and adult programs, as well. as activities for seniors and before and after. school services.

“It will be able to provide services that simply weren’t present in the community for quite some time,” said Noland Stewart, site manager for the new facility.

The branch will have two classrooms for childcare and learning activities. The building’s gymnasium has been transformed into a space that will host exercise classes, pickleball, youth camps, and gymnasiums open for basketball and walking. Access to a weight room is also provided.

The YMCA received a large grant in 2021 to reduce the cost of camp programming services and combat the decline in student learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release. Stewart said the subsidy was large enough that the new branch would be able to offer many of its programs at substantial discounts.

“We are looking forward to partnering with the community center and different sports leagues and different things like that,” he said. “We are already working in partnership with the school as part of our care program before and after care. “

Stewart said the YMCA’s collaboration with Alexandria Community Schools makes sense to all involved.

“It benefits them because they can still use this building, and it obviously benefits the YMCA because it gives us a space to work with,” he said. “Then that obviously flows into the community and benefits the community because now they have a place to go and services provided to them that they didn’t have before. “

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