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People enter the West Coast Training Centre in this file photo.
The Humber Community YMCA is really looking to broaden its scope for recreation. The Corner Brook-based organization is in talks with the Town of Stephenville to become an operator of the West Coast Training Centre.
When the training centre was in danger of closing, Christine Young, chief executive officer, said the board agreed to contact the town with regard to potential partnerships.
She said the YMCA was not interested in owning the facility, which was an original call for proposal from the provincial government, but they did submit an expression of interest in terms of the operation as a YMCA in Stephenville.
The province eventually turned the facility over to the town, along with $515,000 for upgrades. Discussions for a partnership with the YMCA has continued.
Young said they had an original site visit, and a second meeting is scheduled Friday with two delegates from YMCA Canada attending. She said they have also been contacting users to discuss potential plans.
“I feel very positive about it,” she said. “Our discussions have been very positive. It seems we are very much in synch in terms of the value added to the community by having a YMCA.”
If an agreement is reached, Young said the finer details of how the facility will be operated can be worked out.
It would be considered a branch of the Humber Community YMCA, if it materializes, according to the CEO. She also said the facility needs a strong business plan and the community and financial support to remain viable.