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Wade Walker Park Family YMCA Opens Thursday

The anticipation has been building for more than a year for the Stone Mountain facility to officially open its doors.

The time has finally arrived: The Wade Walker Park Family YMCA opens tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 16.

Have you joined the Wade Walker Park Family YMCA, or are you planning to? Tell us in the comments section below what you're looking forward to from your membership.

The anticipation has been building since the in 2011.

See the attached video from the Y's "first look" event last month.

Some comments from Patch readers:

I have been a home owner close to the park for 13yrs. and considered moving many times but the YMCA and the renovating the village inspires my wife and daughter to stay,we do love the area.

-Greg Parker

I think this is fantastic news for our community. This will be great for the values of our homes as well as the business community. It is about time that our leadership see the value that this communitys has to offer. There are other associations/businesses that want to come into our community because they see the value. It is nice that we are starting to see it also. Thank you Dekalb County and Parks and Recreation. Job well done.

-Colin Tinto

I am a member of Gospel Tabernacle Church across the street from the park..I have been watchiing the progess and happy to see it come together. Can not wait until the YMCA is open

-Janyce

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Patricia Jackson August 15, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I would like to join! I am wanting to work out everyday or at least 4 times a week. Walking, etc...
Patricia Jackson August 15, 2012 at 03:27 PM
How do I go about joining the YMAC? Thanks,
Community member August 15, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I'm excited to see an improvement in the community due to the new YMCA at Wade Walker Park. At the same time, I'm also disappointed in the fact that taxpayers in the community have to pay an overbearing monthly fee to enjoy the facility. Dekalb Park & Recreation should have built a recreational center at the park so that our children would have a place to go after school and during the Summer months, like those built in Fulton and Gwinnett counties. In the past, children in the community have been able to use the previous outdoor swimming pool for a minimum charge, but now with the YWCA replacing the pool and charging monthly membership fees, it is unfair to those who can not afford it. Dekalb County have shifted it's responsibility to provide recreation to the community to the YMCA (non-profit but have $5 billion in revenues) and allowed it to benefit from the taxpayers. The facility was built on county property and, therefore, Dekalb County should have entered into an agreement to allow the community to use the facility at a nominal charge regardless of your income level. Even though this facility has added life to the community, let's not be so blinded by the aesthetics and demand Dekalb County to address the financial burden it has placed on taxpayers in this community. A concerned member in the community
Audrey August 15, 2012 at 08:06 PM
I have lived in the community for 10 years and have been so excited for the opening of the Wade Walker Park YMCA since the ground breaking. I plan to become a member and look forward to enjoying the programs the center has to offer, meeting my neighbors, and volunteering.
Patricia Jackson August 15, 2012 at 08:14 PM
How much is the fee to join? Thanks,
Leslie Johnson August 15, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Thanks everyone for the comments. According to information from the Y, DeKalb residents in the 30058, 30083, 30087, and 30088 zip codes will not pay joining fees: http://tinyurl.com/bwe4426. I've also attached to this article a PDF document from the Y's website page about membership.
Leslie Johnson August 15, 2012 at 08:57 PM
...the PDF lists the monthly fees.
Mary Alice Bolton August 16, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Want to join, me and my husband.

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