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YMCA to host open house

The Marietta Family YMCA will be holding a grand opening Open House on Saturday at its new facilities at the Broughton Complex on Ohio Route 821.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Broughton Complex 1 in the heart of Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area and will show off the YMCA’s Group Exercise Studio and new Health and Wellness Center.

“We are really excited for the grand opening of our new Health and Wellness Center this weekend,” said Miranda Ickler, Marietta YMCA Finance Director. “We are encouraging people to come out and see where we are.

“We want them to come out and see what a great space we have. It is wide, it is open and it is clean. Our staff is ready to welcome everybody.”

The YMCA has been opening programs at the complex since January 2020 with its group exercise studio. The open house will show off the new cardio exercise room which officially opened Sept. 1.

The exercise room includes a full line of Nautilus strength equipment, cardio equipment, treadmills, elliptical trainers, rowers, bikes, and arc trainers as well as free weights and freedom rack for additional weight lifting exercises.

“It has everything you need to work out,” Ickler said.

Last year, the Marietta YMCA moved its exercise programs from the facility on Colegate Drive to the Broughton complex. The Colegate Drive site still operates the YMCA’s Early Learning Center, Childcare/Before and Afterschool Program and Summer Camps.

At the time, the YMCA was outgrowing the Colegate Drive facility so it separated the exercise and physical fitness programs.

Ickler credited the partnership with property owner George Broughton in getting the original 1,400-square-foot group exercise studio built which was eventually expanded to 4,000-square-feet.

Photo Provided The Marietta YMCA will be holding an open house Saturday at its new fitness facilities, including strength equipment, cardio equipment, treadmills, elliptical trainers, rowers, bikes and more.

The COVID-19 pandemic happened and many operations were shut down for awhile. Officials continued to work on a new fitness center.

“That was what we were hoping for this summer and we met the target,” Ickler said. “Now we are here.”

Most of the equipment was obtained through a merger with the Mid-Ohio Valley YMCA. The Marietta YMCA is a branch of that organization. A few pieces of equipment it did not have were purchased through the endowment fund for less than $15,000.

As part of the grand opening event, the YMCA is offering a two-week free membership and offering special membership rates for the next 12 months, a $21.45 per month Adult Membership and a $32.18 per month Couple Membership.

People can sign up for a two-week free pass.

“You can use the facility for two weeks,” Ickler said. “We want people to come and try things out.”

Health and Wellness Coordinator Melissa Wigal will be offering free fitness classes on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m.

“It is going to be fun and exciting,” she said. “It will be a Boot Camp class with a lot of weight training and cardio.”

As part of the grand opening, YMCA officials will also be giving away three-month memberships and will have drawings for tickets to classes being offered outside the initial two weeks free membership.

“You still will have a chance to hit a class here and there until you decide if you want to become apart of the family at the YMCA,” Wigal said.

Being at the Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area also gives people access to hiking trails. Plans are also in the works to bring back many youth sports, including soccer, in 2022.

As things have been restructured over the last couple of years, officials have been working on a facility to meet the needs of the community.

“We know that our current membership continues to grow,” Ickler said. “We know our members now come here everyday and do our classes and use this facility.

“We have heard what the community has said. They like the Y. The Y is community. The Y is family. People have been coming to the Y for over 50 years. The Marietta Family YMCA is here to support our community achieve a more healthy lifestyle. We are stronger together.”

For more information people can call the Marietta YMCA at 740-336-1041.

Contact Brett Dunlap at bdunlap@newsandsentinel.com

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