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The Schalmo Family YMCA, Canal Fulton, Ohio, will open its new $5.4 million, 26,300-square-foot facility to the public on Dec. 9.

YMCAs Announce Developments in Ohio, Minnesota and New York, While One Rhode Island Y Faces a Discrimination Lawsuit

New and renovated YMCA facilities are preparing to open to the public in Ohio, Minnesota and New York. Meanwhile, one Y in Rhode Island is facing a gender discrimination lawsuit, while another Y in Maine has been chosen to participate in an LGBTQ-inclusion program.

The Schalmo Family YMCA, Canal Fulton, Ohio, will officially open the doors of its new $5.4 million facility on Dec. 9, about a month ahead of the Y’s original schedule. The Y broke ground on its new 26,300-square-foot facility in February and construction began in March. The Y features an indoor pool, wellness center, basketball court, walking track, childcare area and group exercise studios. Canal Fulton was the last Stark County city without its own Y facility, according to The building occupies nearly four acres in Community Park donated by the city, which also provided $45,000 for the facility’s water and sewer connections.

The Greater Providence YMCA, Providence, Rhode Island, is facing a gender discrimination lawsuit against CEO Steven O'Donnell. The Providence Journal reported that the lawsuit, filed by two former employees, has been cleared to move to trial but no date has been set. Plaintiffs Linda Dykeman and Karen Cooper claim O’Donnell subjected them to gender-based bullying, mistreatment and harassment. An independent investigator hired by the Y's governing board found the complaints were brought forth “in good faith," according to the Journal.

The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, Andover, Minnesota, has borrowed $6.5 million from PNC Bank to pay for its latest expansion through conduit bonds, according to ABC Newspapers. The expansion will be paid for and leased by the Y but will be owned by the city of Andover. New amenities will include a gymnasium, children’s area, renovated lobby and expanded fitness areas. The current children’s area will be remodeled into a multipurpose youth space for childcare, arts and humanities programs and birthday parties.

The Capital District YMCA, Albany, New York, has announced plans to open a 9,400-square-foot boutique fitness, health and wellness center in the city’s Park South neighborhood, according to News10. The center will offer various group exercise classes and a cardio and strength raining room. The Y is also developing partnerships with Albany schools for after-school and youth-development programs across nine districts in the city.

The YMCA of Southern Maine, Biddeford, Maine, was selected to participate in a three-year project to spearhead the LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Equity Initiative at YMCAs nationwide, according to the Y. The YMCA of Southern Maine was chosen by the YMCA of the USA and the Biden Foundation to develop and implement strategies to better engage and support LGBTQ individuals and their families. This includes staff training, member outreach and engagement, program innovation for LGBTQ members and their families, and various community collaborations. The best practices and tools developed by the Y will be scaled to reach additional Ys nationwide over the next several years. The initiative is being funded by the Gill and David Bohnett Foundations with the Biden Foundation and YMCA of the USA providing technical support and strategic guidance.

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