FM YMCA considers adding Donnellson facility

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
PCC EDITOR

DONNELLSON – The Fort Madison YMCA has set it’s sights on Donnnellson and is looking to make another investment in the community.

On Thursday, Fort Madison YMCA Executive Director Ryan Wilson said the organization is planning a community meeting in Donnellson on Thursday, March 11, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the ISU Extension office 414 N. Main Street.

Wilson said the board has identified some property and is considering putting a 24-hour fitness center in the community if there is a want and desire from the public in and around the town.

“We have a building lined up to be purchased, but the board felt it was an important piece to get feedback from Donnellson community if those folks would be interested in having something out there,” Wilson said.

“Would people sign up and utilize it? That’s what we would need to find out.”

Wilson said the facility would include cardio equipment, treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, rowing machines etc., on one side and then the other side would have some dumbbells, mirrors and weight equipment.

“That’s what we’re envisioning right now,” he said. “It would be controlled with a swipe card like our current facilities and would have secure cameras and limited staffing.”

Wilson said he also wants the conversation with residents to focus on group fitness needs, like exercise and fitness classes at the facility.

“It’ll be interesting to see what the thoughts and perspectives are. I don’t know what group fitness looks like in that area, so that’s what we want to talk with them about,” Wilson said.

He said it’s just another way for the Fort Madison YMCA, which also has child care facilities in Donnellson, to make an impact in the area through health and wellness.

“I think it’s an opportunity for them and us, and we’ll explore that and have that conversation.”

The meeting will also be livestreamed and pinned to the top of the YMCA Facebook page for easy navigation prior to the start of the meeting. Anyone following the meeting livestream is encouraged to write any questions or comments in the comment section of the feed.

1 thought on “FM YMCA considers adding Donnellson facility

  1. I would suggest that before taking on a facility in Donnellson, the Fort Madison YMCA take a long, hard look at the state of their strength training and cardio equipment. It is in desperate need of updating. Maybe a field trip to Keokuk and Burlington to look at their new equipment should be in order. I was a member of the Keokuk Y for 8 years. We recently moved to Fort Madison, but after a couple of trial visits to the Y here, I am now driving back to Keokuk. I would prefer to spend my dollars here in town and utilize the local facility, but not until they address this issue.

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