Y expects to double membership at new facility

Price Philanthropies/Price Charities donated the three plus acres of land for the new YMCA.
Price Philanthropies/Price Charities donated the three plus acres of land for the new YMCA.

As the Copley-Price Family YMCA in City Heights enters the finishing stages of construction and interior paint is going up, the branch’s Executive Manager Courtney Harrness says the facility is “starting to feel like a home.”

In the process, staff is busy signing up charter members for what will be the largest Y in San Diego County at 53,000 square feet. When staff moves into the facility in mid-November, charter members will be invited to begin using the facility until it opens to the public in early December. Charter members will be anyone who signs up between September 1 and the first day of operation. The Y expects membership to reach 2,500 by the end of 2015, more than double the current facility’s membership of 1,000.

Jill Tramel, the membership manager who’s worked at Y’s across the country says, “I have never seen anything like what we are about to open. It is truly remarkable.”

It will have two heated swimming pools, one indoor and one outdoor. There will be three group exercise studios, a 7,500 square foot fitness and wellness center, teen center, licensed preschool, demonstration kitchen, basketball court and community meeting space. Outdoors will be a soccer arena, community garden and family picnic area.

The Y offers free childcare while parents work out, health and wellness classes for youth ages 7-12, and after school tutoring for kids ages 13-18. An innovative program coming to the facility is the Y-Tip program, which offers free membership for youth willing to commit to academic excellence.

It all adds up to high expectations as Harrness says, “If I had a Y like this where I grew up, I would have hung out here every day.”

To get the word out, the Y will be touring the Mid-City area in a tricked out moving van with representatives available to discuss membership options. As part of the agreement with Price Philanthropies, no one will be turned away due to an inability to pay.

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