New facility boosts YMCA membership
By SCOTT BUTKI
Hagerstown YMCA membership has grown by about 900 people since the new facility opened Dec. 3, Executive Director Michael Flicek said Friday.
The increase surpasses the goal of recruiting 750 new members in the first month, he said.
There were 2,800 Hagerstown YMCA members in 1996 and there were about 3,800 in late November, 2001 he said.
The YMCA has a goal of reaching 5,500 members by the end of 2002, he said.
Many are joining as families. If a family has five members, that counts as five new members, he said.
The new one-story YMCA on Eastern Boulevard replaced the downtown six-story YMCA, which was built in 1920.
Many people are coming in for tours of the new facility before agreeing to the membership, he said.
The most common reasons given for joining are for health and wellness and for family activities, he said.