The membership drive is off and running for the
Platte County Community Centers, as citizens from
all over Platte County grabbed their first chance
at a membership on Saturday.
The initial membership drive was held from 9
a.m.-1 p.m. at both the northern and southern
locations. Around 115 individuals, families and
senior citizens turned out in full force in Platte
City to join the YMCA managed facilities, while
35 members joined the southern facility.
With Oct. 29 as the official opening date of
the Platte City location, the YMCA of Greater
Kansas City made a greater effort to target the
membership drive toward the northern area.
Prior to the drive, the YMCA made visits to area
clubs including the Platte City Chamber of Commerce
and the Platte City Rotary Club.
The Parkville location, scheduled to open in
January, will have a second membership drive targeted
more toward southern Platte County closer to opening
day. The southern center is scheduled to open
Platte County Parks and Recreation Director Brian
Nowotny was thrilled with the first day numbers
seen at Platte City.
My unofficial goal for the membership drive
was 100 and I thought if we would hit that Id
be happy, explained Nowotny. But we
blew right through that goal.
The 29,000 square foot, northern facility, located
at 3101 Running Horse Road, will open the doors
with many features aimed to please a wide range
Features of the northern community center include:
a wellness center, indoor gymnasium, indoor family
aquatics center, outdoor spray ground featuring
a water cannon, a small water slide and a wet
rainbow, an indoor walking track, indoor and outdoor
playground equipment, locker rooms and a lounge.
According to Nowotny, cost for construction of
the northern facility is $7.5 million.
The southern center, located at 8875 Clark Ave.,
Parkville, is the larger of the two facilities
due to the higher density of population in the
southern portion of Platte County.
Greater population in the south necessitated
the center being a larger facility because it
will serve a larger population, said Nowotny.
The 53,000 square foot facility, will include
the same features as the northern center along
with the addition of a generational center that
will provide programs for senior citizens and
teens, two dedicated aerobics studios, an elevated
running track, and a party room off the aquatic
Construction of both facilities is being managed
by J.E. Dunn Construction of Kansas City. Dunn
is in charge of managing over 50 contractors in
the construction of the centers.
Membership fees for Platte County residents are:
Family $68.40 per month; individual $45.90 per
month; senior citizen family $60.30; senior individual
$39.60; and teen $20.70. These rates reflect a
10% discount for county residents, who also have
the benefit of getting a $100 joining fee waived.
The membership will be valid at both centers
and will include programs such as aerobics, yoga,
palates and more.