Hats off to the Boothbay Area YMCA Trustees, current and past members, for never emphasizing what the “Heart of the Region” has to offer. And to the people of this region and across the country, who have supported the changes that have taken place over the many years that the facility has been erected on Townsend Avenue.
I’m so old, I remember the gym that was at the east end of the basketball court. It was a place where then-general manager Art Warner taught classes on the trampoline, hitting horse, and other equipment.
I’m so old, I remember my legs and feet sore from playing hoops for hours on the tiled basketball court before the wooden court was set up.
And I’m so old, I remember the ping pong ball container that was on the corner of the reception (located right at the front door) where you could pay a quarter to get a ball and sign a few paddles play a game.
Dozens and dozens of changes have been made to the Y over the years to benefit the community: two swimming pools, weight rooms, exercise rooms, racquetball / squash courts, tennis court and track. raised… and much more.
The YMCA is currently changing again with “a remodeling of health and wellness areas, expansion of community spaces, modernization of the building’s electrical and mechanical systems for greater energy efficiency, (and) improvements to the parking lot, installation of a new HVAC systems to improve air quality. Other features include a new multi-purpose studio for expanded wellness programming and a teaching kitchen to bring farms into the Y program to continue tackling nutrition and food insecurity in the region, ”as well as d ‘Other features to be added, including the installation of solar panels in the field, which will reduce operating costs, and a redesigned track.
Everywhere I have traveled across the state, the Boothbay Area YMCA is generally considered “one of the best Y’s that I have been to.”
It makes me proud to hear that.