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Gloucester Welcomes New YMCA

We are excited for our friends and clients in Gloucester on the opening of a new YMCA. Talk of opening a branch in Gloucester started in the 70’s and today it is a reality. The following article courtesy of the Daily Press has the details on how to become a founding member of the Gloucester YMCA.

“It’s a dream come true,” Gloucester resident Sharon Joyce said Friday at the official opening of the new Gloucester Family YMCA.

Officials held a ceremony and provided tours of the new 9,500-square-foot facility at the Gloucester Main Street Center. Henderson Inc., a contractor out of Williamsburg, began renovations on the building, which is owned by the Main Street Preservation Trust, on Jan. 4. The $400,000 project was funded by contributions, according to Sheila Pillath, director of both the Mathews and Gloucester YMCA branches.

 “The conversation about a branch in Gloucester started in the ’70s and here we are 2016 and we are getting ready to cut the ribbon and open,” said Stacia Roeth, chief operating office for the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA. “That happens because of hard work and committed community members, committed volunteers… Our ability to serve all starts with each and every one of us within the community and so we are here to strengthen the foundations of our community and we’re here for the long haul.”

The facility includes a fitness center, child watch area for children under 10, a teen and senior programs community room, group exercise space and locker rooms.

The Gloucester Y is partnering with the Hampton Inn to offer swimming lessons.

Members who sign up between now and Feb. 28 at the Gloucester Y will be known as founding members and will have no joining fees.

Facility hours are Monday-Friday: 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and closed on Sunday. For more information visit the Gloucester Y at 6898 Main Street or call 804-993-4922.

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