New home = record membership for YMCA

Staff writer

BELOIT — Membership at the Stateline Family YMCA is at an all-time high after opening the new downtown Beloit facility last month.

The facility, located in the Ironworks complex, opened Oct. 5 and since then Executive Director Doug Britt said just over 1,500 new members have signed up. This puts YMCA membership at a historic high of 9,500 members.

He said reception has been positive across all of the different age groups the YMCA serves.

“They love the urban, modern feel of the facility, and they’re excited,” Britt said.

He said construction work is finished at the new facility. The only room not quite done is the youth family gym, because the

YMCA has contracted with a Beloit College student to do some graffiti art in the space. It should be done by the end of the year.

The new YMCA occupies a large portion of the former Beloit Corporation south structure along Beloit’s riverfront. ABC Supply Co. co-founder Diane Hendricks donated the 80,000-square-foot space last year to be part of the growing Ironworks

The $11 million facility offers a recreational family pool, a separate lap pool, a full day care center, four new multipurpose rooms, two racquetball courts, an indoor track and a fitness center three times the size of the one at the YMCA’s current facility. The center also has a Beloit Health System sports medicine facility on site.

Nicole Harolle, executive administrative assistant, said this month the YMCA is adding more lunch time classes to serve employees who work downtown, which has been well received. She said the YMCA went from one to four lunch time classes.

Britt said there was a seamless transition in operations between the new and old facility, with the old facility operating at normal hours on Oct. 4, and the new facility opened the morning of Oct. 5.

Britt said Hendricks Commercial Properties has owned the old YMCA facility for the last year. He said they have until next week to completely vacate the old building.

When Britt met with Hendricks representatives last week, he said they told him the company wasn’t sure what yet what will be done with the old building.