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YMCA has more room to play in

November 24, 1997

YMCA has more room to play in

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Kids of all ages now have plenty of room to romp or just hang out in the renovated Waynesboro YMCA.

A 1,600-square-foot addition, part of a $1.1 million expansion and upgrade at the Y, is dedicated to the young people, said Richard Marks, executive director.

Teens now hang out in space once dedicated to the Y's child care program. About a dozen young people were playing pool and other games Monday in the new youth center.

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The expansion will allow for an increase in programs and facilities for the Y's licensed child care programs.

Karen Wise was hired to expand and run the programs, Marks said. She is the fourth full-time director on the payroll, he said.

Wise said about a half-dozen youngsters are signed up for before-school day care, more than 80 are enrolled in the daylong preschool program and another 30 come to after-school day care.

"Now we have room to broaden all of our day care programs,'' she said.

The new construction also means more space for the Y's regular babysitting program. Parents who come in to use the facilities drop their children off at the babysitting center.

The Y also runs an after-school day care program at Fairview Elementary School. It's more convenient for parents who no longer have to be at the school at 3:30 p.m. to pick up their children, Marks said.

The overall renovation includes upgrading the reception and office areas to make them more attractive and user-friendly, he said. New canopies will be installed at the main entrance and the entrance to the new child-care center.

Sometime in the next four weeks, the new 30-by-40-foot warm water exercise pool will open. It's being installed in a new wing in the rear of the Y building.

The new pool will be used by sufferers of arthritis and related ills, for senior exercise classes and for toddler swim classes. It will also free up space for members who use the six-lap exercise pool, Marks said.

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