Lots of people attended the long-awaited opening of the YMCA in Stephenville on Wednesday. Those wanting to enrol in the health and fitness portion of the centre were offered that opportunity and plenty signed up, while others were there just to check out the renovated facility or find out the rates.
Although the former West Coast Training Centre looks a little worse for the wear on the outside, the improvements to the interior of the building and the workout equipment was to the liking of most.
People like Brian Delaney of Stephenville and Stephen Brake of Corner Brook said they were waiting a long time for the centre to open and were thrilled with the new equipment .
Delaney was a former member of the West Coast Training Centre and spoke highly of the vast improvements to the facility, including the warm and inviting atmosphere. Brake, a former member of the YMCA in Corner Brook and a powerlifter who is taking a course at College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville, said it suits the type of workouts he needs to do.
While the health and fitness portion of the centre is up and running, there are other sections of the building that can be utilized and talks are proceeding with individuals and groups who propose to use them.
Valentina Nolan, centre director, said the community is certainly invited to come forward with proposals for any type of activity they would like to see take place there.
In the former West Coast Training Centre, martial arts, badminton, basketball, weightlifting, Special Olympics training, pre-school activities and other sports all were regular users. Nolan said the facility is there to serve the community and which community groups will return, along with possible new programs, will be interesting to watch.
Getting the centre going has been a challenge in itself and improvements to the exterior when the weather permits will be even more welcome.
Regardless of what the exterior looks like, the facility is still worth a look to those who haven’t dropped by yet since the renovations.