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YMCA opens to fanfare in Marystown

Residents of Marystown and surrounding areas were quick to come out and take advantage of the town’s new recreation centre.

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Daniel Hodder was impressed by the new recreation centre in Marystown. He visited the building with some friends on opening day Feb. 8.

The home of the Marystown chapter of the YMCA opened its doors on Feb 8.

The organization’s Newfoundland and Labrador CEO Jason Browne told The Southern Gazette upon opening, the chapter has processed more than 60 memberships, with an additional 200 pre-sale memberships being sold.

Krista Kelly of Marystown was among those who came out on the first day.

“It is amazing,” she said, as she worked out at the facility’s conditioning area.

“It is so big; everything (you need) is here.”

The facility offers a range of programs and services, including a six-lane pool, gymnasium, child-minding centre, indoor walking track and conditioning centre.

“It balances out to everybody,” Daniel Hodder said.

He was impressed by the facility, noting there was nothing else in the town like it.

No one was more excited to see the facility open than Bryson Alexander, who was eager to get in his first swim there.

“Awesome,” said the seven-year-old, summing up his thoughts in just one word.

Bryson also had a chance to shoot some hoops with his friend Gary Beck-Brazil.

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