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John E. Alexander South Wood County YMCA and Boys & Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area Announce Plans to Build Community Facility

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WIS., Aug. 28, 2017 – The John E. Alexander South Wood County YMCA and Boys & Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area have announced plans to collaborate on the construction of a new facility that will house both the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club. The new facility will include space for programs designed to address a wide range of community health, wellness and developmental needs.

“For quite some time, the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club have been working individually and collectively to consider various facility options,” said YMCA Board Chair, Jason Deitz. “Through these discussions it became clear we were exploring much more than a building, rather a place where our organizations can seamlessly work together to help grow families in our community.”

The YMCA and Boys & Girls Club have identified the Rapids Mall location as a potential site for the joint project and have an agreement in place for the possible acquisition of the facility and surrounding property. The benefits of this central location are being studied, and various details are being addressed before the site selection is finalized.

The proposed facility would be a combination of both renovated and newly constructed spaces encompassing approximately 90,000 square feet. An indoor aquatics center, gymnasium, health and wellness spaces, teen center, STEM room, gathering and socials areas, full-day child care center, and many other amenities are targeted for the building upon successful completion of a capital campaign set to commence in November.

“Sharing one facility will serve as a model for impacting the health and well-being of children, individuals, and families for generations to come, “said Boys & Girls Club Board Chair Jill Kurszewski. “It should also eliminate duplicative services while ensuring inclusivity and accessibility for all of the Wisconsin Rapids area.”

An unveiling of the detailed facility plans will be shared in early November with the public.

About John E. Alexander South Wood County YMCA

The YMCA has been serving South Wood County since 1957. The Y is the place to go for family events, activities, and fun. Annually, more than 15,000 individuals participate in YMCA programs and services where no one is ever turned away for an inability to pay. The Y offers more than 100 programs for everyone from toddlers to active older adults. In addition, the YMCA runs seven before and after school programs that serve nearly 200 families in the community. During the summer, YMCA Camp Alexander offers the opportunity for 500 young people to experience the joys of day and resident camp. You can find more information at swcymca.org.

About Boys & Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area

The Boys & Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area provides before and after-school programming for youth ages 6-18 in Wisconsin Rapids, Nekoosa and Port Edwards. The mission of Boys & Girls Club is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Boys & Girls Club focuses programming efforts on three key outcome areas: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. The Club serves over 2,100 youth throughout South Wood County each year through membership and additional outreach programs for non-members. Learn more by visiting bgcwra.org and facebook.com/bgcwra. The Boys & Girls Club is a proud partner program of the United Way of Inner Wisconsin.


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