Roach Gymnastics expands facility

When Melanie and Dan Roach were asked to move their gymnastics center from its downtown Sumner location a couple of years ago it was devastating, but now the move has turned into a blessing.

When Melanie and Dan Roach were asked to move their gymnastics center from its downtown Sumner location a couple of years ago it was devastating, but now the move has turned into a blessing.

Roach Gymanstics is expanding its programs and returning to its roots with the addition of Gymnasticsland, a 10,000-square-foot expansion to their Sumner facility.

“When we opened it was all about having fun,” owner Melanie Roach said, but the competitive program has grown by leaps and bounds. Now 80 athletes strong and with a full-time coach, it was squeezing the recreational program.

The Roaches really wanted the best of both worlds.

Competitive coach Brad Loan was the inspiration, Melanie Roach said.

Like the children’s board game, Gymnasticsland is a brightly-colored area with a combination of low-level gymnastics equipment like on-ground balance beams and youth-appropriate uneven bars and play pieces like a foam pit, rock wall and zip line. It’s a place, Melanie Roach said, “where we can provide safe, quality gymnastics and have fun.”

“It allows us to separate the recreational and competitive programs,” Dan Roach said. “It’s tailored to younger gymnasts.”

“I think that’s the best part of this space, taking care of the kids and families in the recreational program,” Melanie said, noting 90 percent of students don’t enter the competitive program.

With an 8-to-1 student-teacher ratio, youngsters can learn body awareness, flexibility, balance and build a good base for more advanced gymnastics or other sports.

The additional space is also available to rent for birthday parties and youth sports team celebrations.

Roach Gymnastics is also home to Busy Bugs Preschool, a three-day-a-week, morning program for ages 3 to 5. The preschool is taught by former teacher Lora Wilcoxson, mother of five, who has a teaching degree and a special needs background.

Adult classes are available, too, and the Roaches have partnered with neighboring Thrush Sports Performance Center, which has a weightlifting center, and Sumner Chiropractic and Massage, to provide client services.

Each month, Roach Gymnastics and now Gymnasticsland is open for Parent Night Out, a $10 drop-off program with organized gymnastics time. The next one is slated for 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 21.

It’s hard for the Roaches to believe it all started 12 years ago in their garage.

“We really didn’t envision this,” Melanie said. “It’s kind of evolving.”


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@courierherald.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.courierherald.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 500 words or less.

More in Business

The Moe Vegan food truck serves meals at the city of Kent’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 21, 2020. Sound Publishing file photo
King County fire marshals offer regulatory relief to food trucks

39 fire authorities have reportedly agreed to standardize fire codes and inspections.

Don Brunell
Unemployment insurance intended as a bridge between jobs | Brunell

It shouldn’t be an incentive to stay jobless.

From left to right: Peggy Wenham, Toby Wenham and Sheree Schmidt stand for a picture outside Sweet Necessities on Griffin Avenue. Photo by Alex Bruell
For sale: Enumclaw candy shop Sweet Necessities looks for a new owner

Co-owner Toby Wenham is joining his wife Peggy in retirement from their twin Enumclaw businesses

Don Brunell
Good news from Hanford | Brunell

If Washington is going to reduce CO2 emissions, then it has to go nuclear.

A street sign along Bay Street in Toronto's financial district is shown on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Energy and base metals help lift TSX in early trading, U.S. markets down

TORONTO — The energy and base metal sectors helped lift Canada’s main… Continue reading

Teago Manoharan on March 16 holds open the door to the Buckley Kitchen, a commissary kitchen he started in 2019 that hosts a number of bakers and chefs who couldn't otherwise afford a space to cook. Photo by Alex Bruell
Buckley Bakery builds on bold businessman’s big business plan

Teago Manoharan wants to bring a bakery to Buckley. And an app. And a restaurant. And classes.

Cash Cards Unlimited partners, left: Nick Nugwynne, right: Cassius Marsh (photo credit: Cash Cards Unlimited)
Former Seahawks player Cassius Marsh cashes in on trading cards

Marsh and his friend open physical and online trading card store as collectibles boom amid pandemic.

Teaser
First large-scale, human composting facility in the world will open in Auburn

“It’s what nature meant us to do. We just do it faster.”

Don Brunell
Keeping America’s semiconductor edge is paramount | Brunell

Semiconductors are among the U.S.’s top five exports.

Melissa Hyce is the proud owner of the new Cole Street business, Urban Junktion. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Urban Junktion opens on Cole Street

The new business doesn’t just want to sell vintage home decor, but also teach you how to make some yourself.

Customers of the Buckley Plateau Market line up in an alley way to receive their orders. Photo courtesy Sean Shands
Plateau farmers, food producers open REKO market in Buckley

REKO markets are all about getting food fresh from the farm to your table.