Midtown YMCA grand opening is Saturday

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The Midtown Y at the Temple Baptist Activity Center. (Courtesy of Carole Wirszylac)
The Midtown Y at the Temple Baptist Activity Center. (Courtesy of Carole Wirszylac)

WILMINGTON — Wilmington is about to get healthier in spirit, mind and body.  The Midtown Y at Temple Baptist Activity Center (709 George Anderson Drive) is preparing to officially open its doors to the Wilmington community as a new branch of the YMCA of Southeastern N.C.

The community at large is invited to the Midtown Y’s Grand Opening on Saturday, March from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Folks will be able to tour the new facility, speak with staff and we will be offering the first 50 individuals a Three-Month YMCA Family Membership for free PLUS we will also be offering a Membership Special for those who join the Y during the Grand Opening Celebration.

This new Y branch will feature cardio and weight rooms, group exercise classes, pickle ball, basketball, child watch, youth and adult basketball, soccer, lacrosse and more.

Gym facility at the new Midtown Y. (Courtesy of Carole Wirszlyac)

Dick Jones, YMCA of SENC’s CEO, said he is excited to expand the Y’s mission to the community.

“The Y is more than just a place to work out – we’re a place of community,” Jones said.  “Of course, members will have access to new machines, our basketball court and fields, but there will be so much more; we’ll be offering after school and summer camps for our smallest community members, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program for those who need to reduce their risk for developing diabetes and moving for better balance to reduce risk of falls, as well as a Summer Meals Program which will get breakfast and lunch to kids who need it most in the summer months.”

The Midtown Y is the result of a partnership between Temple Baptist Church and the Y, whereby the Y will operate the facility as a Y Branch. Serving the community is important to both organizations, and this partnership will result in accomplishing that.

According to Dr. Mark Gaskins, Pastor for Temple Baptist Church, church leaders and the congregation are excited about this new endeavor.

“Together, Temple Baptist and the Y will maximize the use of our Christian Activity Center and collaborate in program offerings,” Gaskins said. “The Y has an excellent track record for providing programs from a Christian perspective. Temple Baptist will also continue to provide classes and programs in spiritual growth at the Midtown Y. This is a wonderful opportunity and we’re eager to see how God is going to bless this new partnership.”


Get a behind the scenes look at the Midtown Y at Temple Baptist Activity Center in this Local Shout from Carole Wirszylac and the Wilmington Family YMCA

About the Y:

The Wilmington Family YMCA serves more than 8,000 people each year, including 2,000 children under the age of 18. Through a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, and family strengthening, YMCA’s unite men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. The Wilmington Family YMCA has proudly served the community for over 125 years by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all. For more information, visit www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org

-Content provided by Sarah Gibbs, YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina

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