Widening the Y

By BESS HINSON State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The Frankfort YMCA Board of Directors hopes to raise nearly $7 million for a new Family YMCA facility. According to YMCA Executive Director and CEO Pete Walsh, the current facility does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and a complex renovation would cost $5 million.

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Franklin County has 5,881 family households with children under age 18. Walsh said the YMCA board desires to serve Frankfort's demographics more effectively.

"The present YMCA was built primarily as a men's facility in the 1960s," Walsh said.

Serving men may have been the original concern of the 1960s, but today, Ys across the country adapt their mission to include all genders, races and religions, and with particular emphasis on families. "Family" YMCAs result from this effort to provide a destination friendly for any age.

Walsh said the Y board's Blue Sky committee visited many area YMCAs to compare amenities and define what a YMCA titled "family" may offer members.

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