MARIETTA – The Marietta Family YMCA will be holding a big open house Saturday at its new facility at the Broughton Complex on Ohio Highway 821.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Broughton 1 Complex, in the heart of the Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Zone, and will feature the YMCA’s group exercise studio and new health and well-being.
“We are really delighted with the grand opening of our new health and wellness center this weekend”, said Miranda Ickler, director of finance at Marietta YMCA. âWe encourage people to come out and see where we are.
âWe want them to come out and see what a great space we have. It’s wide, it’s open, and it’s clean. Our staff are ready to welcome everyone.
The YMCA has been opening programs at the resort since January 2020 with its group exercise studio. The open house will showcase the new cardio exercise room which officially opened on September 1.
The exercise room includes a full line of Nautilus weight training equipment, cardio equipment, treadmills, ellipticals, rowers, bikes and arches, as well as free weights and a freedom rack for additional strength exercises.
“It has everything you need to train” said Ickler.
Last year, the Marietta YMCA moved its exercise programs from the Colegate Drive facility to the Broughton complex. The Colegate Drive site still operates the YMCA Preschool Learning Center, Child Care / Before and After School Program and Summer Camps.
At the time, the YMCA was too big for the Colegate Drive facility, so it separated exercise and fitness programs.
Ickler contracted with owner George Broughton to build the original 1,400 square foot group exercise studio, which was eventually expanded to 4,000 square feet.
The COVID-19 pandemic has occurred and many operations have been closed for some time. The officials continued to work on a new fitness center.
âIt was what we were hoping for this summer and we hit the target. said Ickler. âNow we are here. “
Most of the equipment was obtained through a merger with the YMCA of Mid-Ohio Valley. The Marietta YMCA is a branch of this organization. A few pieces of equipment she did not own were purchased through the endowment for less than $ 15,000.
As part of the opening event, the YMCA is offering a free two-week membership and has special membership rates for the next 12 months, an adult membership of $ 21.45 per month, and a couples membership of 32. , $ 18 per month.
People can sign up for a free two week pass.
“You can use the facility for two weeks” said Ickler. âWe want people to come and try things. “
Health and Wellness Coordinator Melissa Wigal will be offering free fitness classes on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
“It’s going to be fun and exciting” she said. “It will be a Boot Camp class with a lot of strength training and cardio.”
As part of the grand opening, YMCA officials will also be offering three-month memberships and raffles for tickets to classes offered outside of the first two weeks of free membership.
“You will always have the chance to take a class here and there until you decide if you want to be part of the YMCA family” said Wigal.
Being in the Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Zone also gives people access to hiking trails. Plans are also underway to bring back many youth sports, including soccer, in 2022.
While things have been restructured over the past two years, officials have been working on a facility to meet the needs of the community.
“We know that our current workforce continues to grow”, said Ickler. âWe know our members now come here every day, take our classes and use this facility.
âWe heard what the community said. They love the Y. The Y is the community. The Y is family. People have been coming to the Y for over 50 years. The Marietta Family YMCA is here to help our community adopt a healthier lifestyle. We are stronger together. “
For more information, people can call the YMCA Marietta at 740-336-1041.
Brett Dunlap can be contacted at [email protected]