YMCA a bright spot in Selma

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 10, 2006

When you walked into the YMCA’s new home Saturday during its Open House you could feel the enthusiasm and excitement in the air.

The 43,000-square-foot, $5 million recreational facility

is a bright spot for the

community.

Residents and employees alike agree that Selma and Dallas County need such a facility.

The mission here is not

just about building strong bodies – although the

facility boasts two swimming pools, a state-of-the-art wellness center, aerobics room and double gymnasium.

But, the YMCA’s mission is about more than just getting healthy – it’s about building strong families, and building a strong community.

This facility will give the non-profit, Christian organization the ability to be a beacon in Selma.

In addition to exercise equipment and an aquatic center, the facility houses a community center, complete with kitchen facilities, and a Family Resource Room for teens and families to spend time together.

In addition, there’s a Childwatch program, where parents can leave toddlers and babies well attended while they get in their workout.

From the top management down to each employee, there is a spirit of optimism and energy that flows through the entire space.

To those who first had the vision for such a facility, and to those who contributed to its success, thank you.

This is a place where Selma and Dallas County residents can come together and get stronger – individually and as a community.