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A YMCA Community Update

By Eric Williams, Executive Director, Wayman Palmer YMCA

“The Wayman Palmer YMCA is open again!”

Our operation hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Our business hours are 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays so that new members can join and any member adjustments can be addressed in person.  Other than the designated business hours, there will not be a staff member at the desk.  All members will self-scan upon entering the building.

The building is in the best shape it could possibly be short of construction work/renovation.  The floors were stripped and waxed; painting has also been done in order to make things brighter and more inviting. (The secret weapon was my wife Victoria.)  She made the building look like it looks today.   A new rubberized floor has been installed and three new state of the art pieces of Matrix equipment have been installed.

Due to COVID-19, we are following all of the State of Ohio requirements as it relates to disinfecting the building on a daily basis, wearing masks and social distancing in order to keep members, program participants and guests safe.


Members are beginning to return slowly but surely and are very pleased with the overall upgrades.  We will be moving from a zip code based price structure and implement a structure that will keep the membership at close to the same rate. 


Wayman Palmer YMCA and the Ottawa Park Tennis Association collaborated in order to bring organized tennis to the Wayman Palmer YMCA and the central city.  Kids will learn to play tennis taught by past tennis players on Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:0 0.p.m.  Kids not only get tennis instruction, they also receive nutritious snacks during that time and a weekender snack packs so that they can have a snack during the weekend.

21st Century/Schools as HUBS

Staff has been secured in order to deliver programming and services to students and families in the program by dropping of supplies during home visits.  In terms of the Riverside HUB, an area has been set up so that families can get donated clothes and shoes.  During the holidays, several families took advantage of this opportunity.

Healthy Living

            Silver Sneakers Classic

Seniors will return to the building on Tuesday, January 19th for the class.  The class will take place from 10:00am to 11:00am on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the branch. 

Programs and Screenings

Many Healthy Living Programs will be offered including Diabetes Prevention, Blood Pressure Screening, and Smoking Sensation this year. 

Healthy Living Screenings well be held on January 28 at 11:00am.  (See attached)


There are currently (30) children in our childcare.  Children are being assisted with virtual learning which has been a challenge in many aspects, yet our goal is to make certain that the children are doing the best that they can during these times.


Turkey dinners were distributed to the community prior to Thanksgiving and ham dinners were also distributed prior to Christmas.  The Angel Tree Program provided many children in our program and in the community with toys for Christmas.  We were able to supply toys to the children in our childcare program, children in our offsite programs, children in the community and just as importantly, we also provided gifts to the children of ex-employees who have not yet secured employment. 

We also have a food pantry in place for families in need.  More information to come!



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