I was very excited when I began reading about the possibility of a new YMCA in and for the community. I can remember fondly Jack Hegamen and the old YMCA of the early 1950s on Monroe Street and Central Avenue. I remember Jack's open door policy where all kids were welcome to come in and play pool, ping pong, chess and other board games. I remember the jukebox and snack bar where kids went to dance and congregate. I remember watching sporting events on the big console TV and checking our basketballs, baseballs and footballs to use at the parks across the street. Ah! Those were the days.
I know society is a lot more sophisticated now and I am a little concerned about the YMCA of the future.
A few weeks ago there was an article in the paper about our aging population.
I fear that once this new facility is built, that it just might be another Yacht Club, Plum Brook Country Club or some such facility that the general population will only be able to press their nose against the windows or glass doors to look in. I would hope that the people in charge would reserve a few days every month where seniors or children of low income families would have occasional access to these fine facilities.
I am sure the YMCA is a profit making organization, but there are more ways to measure success than just the bottom line. The YMCA could possibly fulfill a moral obligation to the communities young and senior citizens alike.