Ventura Family YMCA announces outdoor sports court expansion and English as a Second Language classes

stuff ymcaThe YMCA would like to thank Mike Regan from the Gwendelyn Sexton Foundation, Wood Claeyssens Foundation, David Staples from Staples Construction, Mica Beving of Beving Architecture, Jensen Design & Survey, Inc., and Hampton Fitness for their new facilty.

After a year and a half in planning, the Ventura Family YMCA will start building an outdoor multi-purpose Sports Court, with the second week of October as the anticipated completion date.  This space will include 4,000 sq. ft. full-size basketball court, 1,700 sq. ft. outdoor workout area with Hampton Fitness equipment, and a 1,000 sq. ft. play space for their Children’s Corner.  The area will be made complete with state-of the art synthetic flooring, which will allow group exercise classes, programs, and open hours so that everyone may enjoy their time outdoors.

Since 1887 the Ventura Family YMCA has been a leading non-profit in Ventura.  The next step in the Y’s cause is the outdoor multi-purpose sports court.  The Y’s Marketing Director, Alicia Cattoni, sums it up as stating, “This immense project is amazing because the Y listened to the needs of our community and said we hear you and this is what we’re doing about it.”

The Ventura Family YMCA is preparing for another session of free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at their facility.  The classes run from September 12th through October 17th and coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month.  The Y’s ESL classes are intended for beginner and intermediate participants.  Child care is also provided on site and at no cost, while the classes are being taught by a certified ESL instructor, complete with educational booklets.

Brian Stevens, the Y’s Membership Director and Mayra DeLeon the Y’s Member Relations Coordinator, are both leading this initiative.

Brian  states, “I wish more people knew about this program.  I mean, it’s FREE!” He adds, “If transportation is a concern, we have two bus stops within a block of us and the main hub over at the Pacific View Mall.”  Brian wants everyone in the community to know that we are here to help and that the Y is a resource to make these changes.

For more information about the Y’s ESL Program, please contact Mayra DeLeon by email at [email protected] or by calling 642.2131 ext. 12.  To learn more about donating to the Y, please contact Executive Director, Amy Bailey Jurewicz by email at [email protected] or by calling 642.2131, ext. 24.


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