When you ask someone what the Y means to them, you will probably get many different answers. For some it brings back memories of swimming or playing a sport as a child. For others it is a place to sweat off a few pounds or manage stress. For Kristen and her family, the Y was a place for them to participate when they were working through medical struggles. When you ask Kristen she will tell you, “The Y is more than a facility, it is a family to us!” The Y is all these things and more.
In Canal Fulton the Y means possibilities for the future. It will be a place for youth to come to swim, play and learn new skills, afterschool, on the weekends and in the summer. For adults it will be a place to meet up with friends to workout and stay healthy. For families it will be a place to have fun together doing activities, playing and of course swimming. For seniors it will be a place to socialize, stay connected while remaining active. For the community the Y will be a place to gather.
The Y has been offering programs in the community for over 6 years including Before and After school child care, group fitness classes and 4th grade swimming lessons for students of Stinson Elementary. The City of Canal Fulton, community partners, businesses and individuals have come together to plan for a Y facility in Canal Fulton. A committee of volunteers being chaired by Ben Easterling and Becky Crowl are working with the community to raise the $2,082,000; to date they have raised over $1.4 million. The Y will have a state of the art wellness center, program studio, gymnasium, pool, child watch, locker rooms, preschool play room, teen room, and a community room with kitchen. The Y will be located on seven acres of land, off Erie St. in the Canal Fulton Park. We need everyone’s help to make this Y a reality – so how can you help? Join in by committing to the project, for more information at www.ymcastark.org/canal-fulton. If you are interested in volunteering your time and talents with the Y contact Pam Leddon at 330-830-6275 or email@example.com.
I think Don Schalmo sums it up the best, “Future generations will do better and the community will grow because of having a Y.”