At their regular meeting Monday evening, the Polk County Board of Commissioners approved a partnership between Polk County Local Government and the YMCA of Greater Spartanburg to enhance local health, wellness and recreational opportunities.
“This collaboration is a different way of addressing the recreation needs for Polk County,” Polk County Manager Marche Pittman said. “We look forward to a great partnership and successful outcomes for our citizens.”
“We are excited about the opportunity,” said Rick Callebs, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Spartanburg. “The YMCA is in the people business and we are always looking for ways to impact more people.”
The partnership with the YMCA will begin with the nonprofit being based at Stearns Gym. Polk County recreation programs the YMCA will operate will include daily operations, swim lessons and pool parties at Gibson Park Pool, Summer Day Camp, youth soccer and volleyball, youth and adult basketball, baseball and softball programs and the Homeschool Gym Meet-up.
The possible building of any new facilities in Polk County such as a new swimming pool will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and determined based on community participation and fundraising support.
The YMCA of Greater Spartanburg currently operates the Thomas E. Hannah YMCA, the Rob Chapman Youth Development Center and the Willis Road YMCA in Spartanburg and the Middle Tyger YMCA in Duncan, S.C.