YMCA hosting ‘Re-fresh/Rejuvenate” this weekend

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Area YMCA will host "Re-fresh/Rejuvenate," designed as a way of helping the community join together following this week's presidential election.

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Area YMCA will host “Re-fresh/Rejuvenate,” designed as a way of helping the community join together following this week’s presidential election.

  Re-fresh/Rejuvenate will allow anyone in the community to swim, exercise, spend time with family and play at the Y for no charge. The event is scheduled from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

  “We at the Y are fully aware about all the stresses or concerns that have arisen because of the unusual general election and local campaigns that we all have endured, and even now that the outcomes are known, some of those stresses may persist for adults, youths and their families,” Worthington Area YMCA Executive Director Andy Johnson wrote in a press release issued Thursday.


“One of the great blessings is that we live in a country where elections determine a peaceful transition of power from one leader to the next, or a new direction in our community,” he added. “Even when the candidate or the direction of our choice does not prevail, we should know and trust that we will survive and that systems are in place to preserve peace and safety for all. Even locally, we will to find ways to join together from both sides to heal and then roll up our sleeves to address the issues we still face.



“One of the great blessings of the Worthington Area YMCA is that we are an organization where our commitment to Christianvalues means that we welcome ethnicity, diversity, all faiths and religions, and all personal and political views, and we seek to serve each other in peace where all are welcome.”


YMCA Exercise Facilities will be open throughout “Re-fresh/Rejuvenate”; individuals must be age 14 or older to use exercise equipment/room. The City of Worthington/Y Aquatics Center will have open swim from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, 1 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:15 to 5:30 p.m. Adult lap swim will be from 5:45 to 7:15 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, as well as 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday (two lanes). Open courts/gyms will be from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Friday (two courts available), 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday (two courts available) and 1 to 4 p.m. (two courts available) and 4 to 5:30 p.m. (one court available) Sunday.


Those currently not members of the Y will need to fill out participant forms prior to use. This form requires a signature from a legal guardian for youths under 18 years of age. All youths age 8 and younger must be under the supervision and be accompanied at all times by a guardian 14 years of age or older. Participation may be limited and will be a on a first-come, first-served basis due to some space and capacity limitations.

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