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December 04, 2017 03:03 PM

YMCA To Focus On Children's Programs

Sioux Falls, SD

The Sioux Falls Family YMCA will transition to a youth development center later this month.

The downtown location is moving away from being a fitness facility to focus on programs for children.  The changes are effective as of December 18.  

According to a news release, more than 15,000 children, ages six-weeks through high school, will participate in YMCA programs this year.

“The critical need for quality child and youth programming in the downtown Sioux Falls area has grown exponentially in the past few years,” President & CEO of the Sioux Falls YMCA Eric Tucker said in the release.  “Kids need a safe, supportive environment to learn new skills and build healthy relationships.”

Moving forward, all children under the age of 18 will enjoy free access to the YMCA thanks to support from major donors and the Sioux Empire United Way.  

The Downtown YMCA will continue to offer access to basketball and racquetball courts, along with a new child care center, game room, youth strength training center and gymnastics facility.  Plans are also underway for an indoor climbing area and high ropes course.  Programs will include after school, dance, cheer, martial arts, gymnastics and more.   

The Downtown YMCA will primarily serve children and accompanying adults during after school hours and on Saturdays.                 

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