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A Fun Day at Waynesboro YMCA

October 02, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - Ryan Anderson, 4, scrambled off the inflatable game and barely acknowledged his waiting parents before sprinting to the one several yards away.

Ryan's parents were left holding the boy's shoes, socks and balloons. They also were left with the decision whether the Waynesboro YMCA, which was hosting its annual Fun Day, was the place for them.

"We've always had an open house for many years, and 15 years ago we turned it into a Fun Day," Executive Director Alan Smith said. "It's an opportunity for us to open up the 'Y' and showcase what's going on."

Children on Sunday darted from face and hair painting to the inflatable games, while staff and volunteers answered questions about the facility that is undergoing $1.5 million in expansions and renovations.

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"Next year, hopefully the front of the building will have changed," Smith said.

Crews will begin moving dirt today and shuffle YMCA-goers through the east entrance during construction, he said.

The year's worth of work will be done "with little or no impact on our membership," Smith said.

"We're going to try to communicate and keep them well-informed of the changes that are going to occur," he said.

Children at the Fun Day were less interested in the brick building than the vinyl ones outside that allowed them to climb, scramble and bounce.

"When you go down the slide, you literally fly up in the air," Katie Freeman, 8, of Waynesboro, said while still out of breath from the Jurassic Adventure.

"I like the slide because it's very steep and straight down," said Katherine Pabon, 9, of Mont Alto, Pa.

Katie and friend Allyson Lutz, 8, of Mont Alto, also exhausted themselves in the traditional moon bounce.

"It was really fun," Katie said. "I almost touched the top."

Katherine and two Girl Scout buddies opted for a different technique in the moon bounce.

"You bounce on your butt," said KaLara Thomas, 8, of Waynesboro.

"I wiped people out," said Rebecca Mettille, 9, of Smithsburg.

Madison Gober, 11, of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., sported pink and green stripes in her hair and enjoyed the rock-climbing portion of the Jurassic Adventure. She joined friend Claire Martin, 10, of Waynesboro, on the attraction, who used her expertise mastered on prior tries.

"I've been on before at school," Claire said.

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