VOL. 132 | NO. 64 | Thursday, March 30, 2017
Church Health YMCA Opens at Crosstown
By Bill Dries
The dashboards on the running machines were being adjusted. The weighted balls and other workout equipment was ready. And patrons of the Church Health YMCA at Crosstown Concourse were getting their first good look around the new facility Wednesday, March 29, with leaders of the new Y cutting the ribbon.
The Church Health YMCA at Crosstown Concourse held its formal opening Wednesday, March 29, with some last-minute adjustments to the newest of nine YMCAs in Memphis.
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“I think we are humbled by the size of this space and the amount of planning and work and hope that went into it,” said Shauna Bateman, executive director of the newest of 11 YMCAs in the Memphis area.
The organization’s goal is to serve the Memphis community with memberships that allow families from anywhere in the city to come to any of the YMCAs.
The YMCA at Crosstown is also a partnership with Church Health that had its formal opening in the concourse Saturday.
“We are partners in this space and our missions are very aligned,” Bateman said. “Our goal is to be stronger together, to be able to serve more people by leveraging our geographic network and Church Health’s service to the working uninsured.
“We will serve a very diverse group of members. We expect to see the people who live and work in the building as members. We expect to see Church Health clients and Church Health employees and we expect to see the broader community.”
The YMCA also functions as the replacement for the wellness center that Church Health had operated in the medical district.
“Essentially, their wellness center has transitioned to be this – the Church Health YMCA,” Bateman said.
Workers in other parts of the Crosstown complex were busy working on other parts of the 1.5-million-square-foot building. In the YMCA space, you could hear drilling sounds and hammering from other spaces in the atrium. Meanwhile, some customers of Mama Gaia restaurant, which also opened Saturday, were enjoying lunch on the patio on the southern side of Crosstown.
“I think it’s inspiring to be working toward a common goal of service to the community,” Bateman said. “To see other organizations or other businesses open and to begin to work in this space is hopeful.”