Y Opens Backyard to Community
Look out Doylestown, there’s a new sand volleyball court in town! With the completion of their new outdoor court, the Y seeks to remind the community that their “backyard is your backyard.”
Y grounds are free and open to the community on weekends and on weekday evenings after 6pm. Residents are welcome to park at or walk to the Y and utilize many of their outdoor amenities including fenced basketball courts, picnic tables, playground and gaga courts. The Y will also make available yard games like spike ball, cornhole, and ladder ball, and a limited amount of footballs and volleyballs for individuals and families to borrow while using the outdoor grounds of the Y.
“We want to ensure that our youth have a safe place to enjoy the outdoors,” said Zane Moore, President/CEO of Central Bucks Family YMCA. “Regardless of membership status, everyone is welcome to come play.”
The Y Backyard membership is free and requires a one-time registration at the Welcome Center to create an account, sign a waiver, and capture emergency contact information, especially for youth and teens. Once created, Backyard members are able to use the grounds and borrow equipment. The membership will also enable families to encourage youth age 12+ to utilize the grounds unsupervised.
Bathrooms and the lobby area of the Y will be accessible. The Y also provides a popular skatepark on their grounds, which requires a full membership or day pass. Outdoor pavilions are available for rental on the grounds of the Y.
The community is encouraged to tour the grounds and register for their free backyard membership at Healthy Kids Day on April 29, 10am-1pm. Healthy Kids Day is a YMCA national initiative designed to get kids out of the house and playing with structured activities to include a moon bounce, spring planting, balloon animals and face painting and appearances by the Roxy Reading Dogs and Boomer, the Trenton Thunder mascot.
“HKD is a great way to kick off our backyard membership initiative,” said Moore, “it’s all about getting kids and families outside and moving.”For more information about utilizing the grounds of the Y in Doylestown, contact their Welcome Center at 215.348.8131 or visit their website at www.cbfymca.org.
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