WESLEY CHAPEL – The Union County YMCA at Wesley Chapel is celebrating the grand opening of a new storefront that will offer group fitness classes and child care to its members.
The new facility, the Experience Center, at 5924 Weddington-Monroe Road, across the street from the existing Fitness Center, officially opened for business Monday, May 21.
The YMCA’s Fitness Center relocated to Wesley Chapel from Weddington in October 2011. The previous Weddington storefront had been in operation since 1995, but YMCA marketing and communications specialist Eve Bailey said Wesley Chapel offered a location more central to the community the organization serves.
“We knew there was a good population interested in Y membership in other areas of Union County,” Bailey said. “We want to give (local residents) a chance to meet their neighbors and have a sense of community at the facility.”
Opening the storefronts in a central area is part of a larger plan to bring a full YMCA facility to Union County. Bailey said the goal of the new storefronts is to get community members interested in the YMCA’s services and involved in opening the full facility.
YMCA officials are looking at several sites across the county to serve as the location of the future facility. Bailey said once a site is chosen and a decision finalized, they will begin a capital campaign to raise money for the facility. She said the goal for the capital campaign is to raise $6 million to put toward the new YMCA. Officials plan to work on the design and fundraising simultaneously.
Bailey is excited about bringing these YMCA services to Union County for the first time. “So many people travel into the Ballantyne area to get those services now,” Bailey said. “There isn’t really something out there that’s really open, like we are, to everyone. We’re really hoping to make a place that offers the services the (Union County community) wants and needs.”
The Experience Center offers various group classes including total strength, Pilates, Zumba, yoga, Quick Fit, Flash Fitness. Childcare also is available for members.
To learn more about the YMCA’s programs, class times and more, visit www.ymcacharlotte.org/branches/wesleychapel/wc.aspx.