Each year as the calendar turns to January the Fremont Family YMCA’s doors open to the community as a way to showcase all of the organization’s various services and facilities.

This year, the annual open house was held from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday where community members could stop by to take advantage of free ice skating and swimming, attend sports clinics, or just check out all of the facilities by way of a staff guided tour.

“We have five indoor tennis courts, so if you are a tennis player or are interested in getting into the sport we have plenty of space for you,” Jeremy Winn, Chief Operating Officer of Fremont Family YMCA, told prospective members while giving a tour of the facility on Tuesday. “Down this hall we have our ice rink and the future aquatic center, and when that opens we will actually be the biggest YMCA in the world.”

This year the event was moved from its usual day and time closer to the start of the year to hopefully allow people still on holiday break and those looking to stick to their new year’s resolution of going to the gym a chance to see what the YMCA offers, said YMCA Membership and Marketing Director Mike Robinson.

“Normally we have done this on a Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., and this year we decided to try something new,” Robinson said. “So we decided to do it right at the beginning of the year when everyone is still on break and it’s been a great turnout.”

During the open house event, the YMCA also offered free day passes and waived $40 joiner fees for those who signed up for memberships throughout the day.

“We have a lot of kids that are here throughout Christmas break, as soon as the kids wake up they come rolling in, so their parents are happy today to save at least $4,” Robinson said. “It also gives us a chance to talk with them and give them information about membership, because if they are interested and going to be here a lot it’s definitely worth it to get a membership.”

According to Robinson, the Fremont Family YMCA’s youth membership rates are the lowest in the state at $14.50 per month, and will continue to be even with a yearly rate increase moving the price to an even $15 in 2018.

Those that missed the membership deals during the open house still have the opportunity to save on a yearlong membership as the YMCA is offering 2017 membership rates through January 18th when yearly rate increases kick in.

“Anyone who signs up before that date will still get 2017 rates, so they can still save a few dollars,” Robinson said.

Through January 18th, YMCA’s membership fees will be $33 for young adults (ages 18-22), $44.75 for adults (ages 23 and older) and $33 for seniors (ages 65 and over). The Fremont Family YMCA also offers a variety of family and household memberships.

With the Dillon Family Aquatic Center nearing completion and projected to open for business in February, the open house also allowed YMCA staff to prepare for an increase in members ready to take advantage of the new $15.3 million, 30,000 square-foot facility when it opens.

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“We are trying to get as many people in as we can and get a good push before that (Dillon Family YMCA Aquatic Center) even opens, so that we can be acclimated before that happens,” Robinson said.

While the open house event serves as an opportunity for the YMCA to bolster its membership base, which already sits at over 10,400 members, it also allowed local families to come enjoy the ice rink in Sidner Ice Arena for free from 1-3 p.m.

During the three-hour free skate event hundreds of kids and families smiled as they swooshed around the smooth, slick icy surface.

“Our free-skate events are always popular and today is no different, everybody loves to come out and hit the ice,” Winn said.

More information about the Fremont Family YMCA’s facilities, programs, memberships, and rates can be found on their website www.fremontfamilyymca.org.

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