Eau Claire YMCA
Posted: January 11, 2008
There was a time when I actually took the time to exercise at the downtown Eau Claire YMCA. Even though I do not spend much time at the local complex anymore, there is a soft spot in my heart and mind for the "Y". This week's decision by the Eau Claire City Council to sell property near the intersection of North Clairemont Avenue and Menomonie Street to the YMCA is another step in the development for the future of the Young Mens' Christian Association.
The YMCA is like a private club - without the exorbitant monthly membership fees and required service charges. Even those individuals like myself who do not regularly utilize the facilities understand the value of having a vibrant local YMCA facility. That is why I have volunteered my services to assist with the fundraising campaign that will be necessary to pay for the new $15-20 million complex.
One of the neat caveats in the YMCA land sale agreement is that the city is requiring the "Y" Board of Directors to not sell its existing building for less than $500,000. This is to insure that the downtown facilities are not sold to anyone who wants to own a piece of property along the Chippewa River without reinvesting and improving the valuable asset. In fact, the current YMCA location has the potential to become an attractive economic development tool that could enhance tourism.
I like to remind those who are not familiar with the YMCA that the motto states: "Build strong kids, strong families and strong communities". There are only a handful of entities in downtown Eau Claire that can boast such a bold mission. I hope others will understand the value of having a successful YMCA so that future generations can appreciate the importance of such an establishment.
BACK FROM VACATION: I always have a difficult time returning from a two-week hiatus. There is always that part of me that wonders what it must be like to not have to worry about publishing a weekly newsletter. On the other hand, it is the time off from work that is suppose to result in a better publication in the future. At least that is the goal. Thank you for your understanding as we begin the new year.
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