Sumner Gordon Family YMCA to open early fall

The pool will come with a child-friendly splash area

The Gordon Family YMCA in Sumner is in the final stages before opening to the public.

The eight-year project will pay off when the largest YMCA in the state, 110,000 square feet, opens to provide children and adults alike a new and safe place to work out, hang out and work towards a better life style.

The YMCA will be open at 8 a.m. Monday, September 14.

The building contains many types of equipment and usable floor space to provide members with a wide range of options.

The YMCA has always been geared towards families. To reach the wide range of children and adults, there are many different activities accessible to members.

One thing that helps families enjoy the center is the daycare available for children ages six months to seven while the adults are participating in their own activities. Parents can also play with their children in the adventure zone that will have many interactive games and activities.

Some options for members who want to work out on their own would be the track that circles the top floor, the six lane swimming pool, or the many choices of workout equipment and weights.

There are also many classes like dance or cycling for people who prefer to work out in groups.

No matter what the style a person has or their personal goals are when a member walks into the Y, they will always have a support system to reach their goals.

“We want to make sure that the members are supported where ever they are at,” said Andrea Millikan, executive director for the Gordon Family YMCA.

The Y has a special program called the Fit Path that helps members create a realistic path to reach their healthy life style goal. This program is included in the YMCA membership and will be available to anyone who wants to utilize it.

As well as the Fit Path, the Y also provides introductions for the work out equipment to anyone ten years or older.

“The hardest part is to see all that equipment and not know what to do,” said Kate Marez, marketing and communication administrator.

The Y wants to help the community with their healthy life style goals as well as provide the community with a place for people to gather and have fun with neighbors.

“The Y is really about relationships. It’s really the community hub,” said Millikan. There are many fun activities available at The Y for the community to gather around. There are three basketball courts, two racket ball rooms, a recreational swimming pool with a child play zone, a two story high rock wall and much more.”

There are also many activities outside of the gym for members to enjoy. One of the major activities provided is the visual and preforming arts. The Y has many different forms of arts for members to partake in, from digital and visual arts to dance will be offered along with many other art styles.

“Something that is important to us is that the Y is available to anyone,” said Millikan.

To help make the Y available to anyone, the Gordon Family YMCA allows free membership to any foster child. All foster families have to do is walk into the registration room for their free membership.