So here it was finally... after almost 5 years of planning, implementation and construction, the new ANDOVER YMCA is opening its doors. The open house was Saturday (May 2).

It was a circus atmosphere.... the 8th (and largest) of the very successful "greater YMCA Wichita branches, the facility was awesome...
So many people to see the place, all the new fitness equipment... at least 6 different locker rooms of various types, child care, meeting rooms, multiple swimming pools.. even bigger than the Northwest YMCA (and much larger than the East YMCA where I work out (it was built in 1996).

Tomorrow is the first day. It is closer to me than the East, and will be overrun for some time by those who want to be in the "new place"... and
the "overwhelmed" East YMCA will (hopefully) let up. I really enjoy the East YMCA.. I've been a member there for 8 years.... so the dilemna...

I expect I will work out at both places... I don't like hoardes of people, but
hopefully I go in at a time when I can actually get equipment.

Ever been in a similar situation? What was important to you?


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Work continued this week on the new Andover YMCA facility as its May 4 opening date nears. The facility, located near Kellogg and Andover Road, is the eighth Greater Wichita YMCA branch.

The Greater Wichita YMCA plans to open its eighth — and largest — facility in Andover May 4. It brings to fruition more than five years of planning for the $25 million, 115,000-square-foot facility.

The new addition strengthens the YMCA’s hold on the health club market in the Wichita metro area. The YMCA has more than 121,000 members in the area. That’s nearly 89,000 members more than its nearest competitor, Genesis Health Clubs, according to a Wichita Business Journal list that published in March.

And with the opening of the Andover branch, patronage figures look to increase dramatically in the coming year.

“People gravitate toward the YMCA because it’s such a community-oriented health club,” says Adam Kahrl, executive director at the Andover Y.