Starting Monday, Sept. 1, members of the Galion and Bucyrus YMCA’s will begin to enjoy dual membership at the two centers.
When asked what brought on the agreement, Galion YMCA Director Terry Gribble said that it was something that the two centers had been talking about for years. While he was working for both Y’s for several months, while Bucyrus searched for a new director, he helped to put the plan into action and it was voted on during the July Board meeting.
Gribble said that this agreement will add value to the membership and pricing will stay the same. It will also make things more convenient for patrons because, during his travels back and forth between the two YMCA’s, he discovered that they are only about ten miles apart. With such a short distance between the two, members will be able to access each location quickly and easily.
The Galion YMCA will have a separate sign-in sheet for those coming from Bucyrus. They will show their card and sign in on this sheet. In November the center will implement an electronic system called “Daxko” to scan the cards.
Gribble also spoke about the advantages of each facility.
The Bucyrus YMCA has a great gymnastics program that has a tremendous competitive team that travels around the state. He said they also have a six-lane pool as compared to the four-lane pool in Galion; at times, all of the lanes at Galion’s pool will be in use for classes, but at Bucyrus they will always have one lane open for open swim.
Gribble said there are also many reasons for Bucyrus members to come over to Galion. Currently the facility is undergoing a major renovation and new equipment is set to be brought in. The strength equipment will be replaced in the next week. The old equipment was sold off at a silent auction and the rest will be shipped to the YMCA in Cambridge.
Along with the new equipment there will also be re-padded seating for many of the machines, the same kind of seating that is used in boats. Eight TV’s will also be added to the expanded workout room. The locker rooms are getting new flooring and many of the rooms are being repainted and carpeted as part of the renovation project.
The renovations are being completed on a week by week basis with a final completion date of Oct. 1. The project is a $1 million investment in the YMCA and the Galion community.
When asked how the dual membership will affect attendance, Gribble said that after looking at Facebook and other social media websites, it seems positive. Currently there are between 2,500-2,600 members at the Galion YMCA and between 2,100-2,200 members at Bucyrus.
The Galion facility has 52,000 square feet of floor space and the one in Bucyrus has 48,000 of square feet, so in all members will now have access to 100,000 square feet of floor space. Gribble said that is he excited about being able to offer this dual membership opportunity to the county and surrounding area. He said that he expects to see more YMCA’s in the state going to this type of structure.
More information about the dual membership can be obtained by calling the Galion YMCA at (419) 468-7754 or the Bucyrus YMCA at (419) 562-6218.