Some overdue renovations, a summer camp full of fun activities, and a season full of opportunities to go swimming will all be on the agenda this summer at the Union County YMCA.
Union City Council voted Tuesday to award the bid for the renovation of restrooms/locker rooms at the YMCA to Kingsmore Construction for $26,010.89.
YMCA Director Scott Sandor said Thursday the walls will be redone, the partitions replaced, new fixtures installed along with new lighting and new doors. He said the renovations are long overdue.
“The upstairs restrooms, which are off the gym, I don’t know if they’ve ever been remodeled or refurbished,” Sandor said. “They’re just in bad shape and we got to looking at how bad they are and we just asked the city to consider remodeling those restrooms since the city owns the building. They want to maintain the building as well as they can.”
The building, which once served as the gym for the old Union High School, is owned by the city which leases it to the YMCA in exchange for the organization providing community recreational services on the city’s behalf.
“This is part of the arrangement, part of the partnership between the city and the YMCA,” Sandor said. “The city wanted to provide some fitness and recreational activities to the community. They have provided the facility for those activities and we provide the community with them.”
Those activities include swimming in the municipal swimming pool which is maintained and overseen by the YMCA. Sandor said the pool will open May 29. For members, Sandor said the pool will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30-5 p.m. Sunday. For those who are not members, the pool holds a daily “public swim” from 1:30-5 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Non-members may swim during the public swim hours as long as they have a pool pass. Sandor said a daily pool pass costs $4 for children under 15 and $5 for adults, but a seasonal pool pass which allows non-members to swim anytime there’s a public swim can be purchased for just $20.
In order to swim at the YMCA, children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. Children 12-15 years of ages must be registered by a parent in order to swim without an adult. Those 16 and older must present photo identification in order to be admitted to the pool.
The YMCA also offers swimming lessons for children ages four and up. The program consists of eight lessons taught on Mondays and Thursdays over a two-week period. The session dates are 10:45-11:30 a.m. and 5:15-6 p.m. June 4-14, 10:45-11:30 a.m. and 5:15-6 p.m. June 18-28, and 10:45-11:30 a.m. July 9-19. For members, the cost of the lessons is $36 and for potential members $46.
Summer is also the time for the Union County Family YMCA Barracuda Swim Team for boys and girls ages 5-14. The Barracudas learn the fundamentals of competitive swimming and train for meets with the teams of other area YMCAs.
To be a member of the team, a child under the age of seven must be able to swim the length of the pool (25 yards) without stopping. Those over the age of seven must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle plus 25 yards doing the backstroke without stopping.
Practices and tryouts will begin next week and the costs are $50 for members and $60 for potential members. The fee covers swim cap and swimsuit.
Summer just wouldn’t be the same without summer camp and this is year is no exception as the YMCA will hold its Summer Day Camp beginning May 29.
The program, which will be held Monday-Friday, is open to children ages 5-12 who will enjoy a variety of activities including games, crafts, devotionals, field trips, gardening, sports, Y-walking, canoeing, archery, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, character development, and target shooting.
Children can be dropped off at the YMCA from 7-9 p.m. each day of the summer camp. Summer camp hours will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and parents can pick their children up between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The camp will be closed July 4. This summer’s camp will end Aug. 17.
For more information and/or to register for summer camp and/or swimming activities, contact the Union County YMCA at 427-0668.