BY JAMES HARPER
The YMCA is now providing programs and activities to serve Daytona Beach in the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center and the Cypress Aquatic Center.
Daytona Beach commissioners approved a license agreement June 5 with the Volusia/Flagler Family YMCA to have a shared use of the center upon approval of Leisure Services Director Percy Williamson to better serve a growing diverse population.
The agreement runs from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014.
The YMCA will have access to all existing furnishings and equipment, excluding the music room and all office space.
In a memo to City Manager Jim Chisholm, Williamson wrote that programs from the YMCA may include, but are not limited to Silver Sneaker exercise programs, water aerobics, toddler tumbling classes, toddler yoga classes, senior computer classes, senior cooking classes, walking programs, pre-diabetes classes, group exercises, including zumba, yoga, spin or cycling classes, boot camp classes, and other related programs.
The YMCA will charge fees for participation, but it will not discount or waive program fees at the center based on YMCA membership.
Williamson wrote that each month the YMCA “shall remit 30 percent of net revenue generated during the previous month from YMCA’s use of the center.
“This is an excellent opportunity to create a win-win partnership with the YMCA that will greatly benefit all of the citizens of Daytona Beach,” Williamson stated.
Services not duplicated
YMCA board member Bruce Teeter spoke at the city commission meeting before the unanimous vote.
“Thank you for this opportunity. It has been a while since the Y has been in Daytona Beach.
Good thing for the city and Midtown. Percy, he has been doing some really good stuff. You all make sure you thank him,” Teeter remarked.
YMCA CEO Theresa Rogers said the organization initially will be at the center four hours a day.
“We will offer programs that are not duplication, but to enhance. We have worked very closely with staff on this project,” she said.
Volusia County Health Department Director Bonnie Sorenson, also a member of the YMCA board, said the decision is great for the community because it assures “children in disadvantaged neighborhoods have access to health care and healthy options.”
Mayor Derrick Henry agreed. “We hope you will have a bigger presence (in the city) in the future,” he said to YMCA leaders, acknowledging he grew up going to the YMCA.