Mercy of Northwest Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas Family YMCA Partner to Open Area’s First YMCA Facility

November 7, 2011

Northwest Arkansas Mercy Family YMCA

opening December 1, 2011

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Mercy of Northwest Arkansas and the Northwest Arkansas Family YMCA announced plans today to open the Northwest Arkansas Mercy Family YMCA on December 1, 2011.  The YMCA will be located at Village on the Creeks in the space currently occupied by the Village Athletic Club, 5214 Village Parkway, Rogers. The facility will include:

  • Fitness center with cardio equipment, strength training equipment and free weights
  • Full-size basketball court
  • Two racquetball courts
  • Locker rooms with access to hot tub and sauna
  • Child watch for children ages 6 weeks to 7 years while parents use the facility
  • Fitness classes
  • Programming for adults and children

“Mercy is committed to the health and wellness of its 1,500 co-workers, their families and the community we serve,” said Scott Street, Mercy of Northwest Arkansas president/CEO. “We couldn’t be more pleased than to partner with the YMCA and work together to provide our community a facility that focuses on health and fitness for the entire family.”

The Northwest Arkansas Family YMCA was founded in 2006 as a program-only YMCA.   While they will continue to offer outreach programs, this will be there first facility in the area and they will run the day-to-day operations. In addition to the fitness center, the YMCA also plans to open a preschool onsite for children ages 2-5 in early 2012. 

“The partnership between Mercy and the NWA YMCA presents a great opportunity for two organizations with similar missions to serve the wellness needs of the community,” said Steven Gates, Northwest Arkansas YMCA board member.  “We believe this partnership represents the first of many creative ways to provide important, affordable services to area citizens and will further enrich the quality of life in the community.”   

The YMCA is now offering memberships at affordable prices for both families and individuals. There is no contract required. The facility will be open Monday-Thursday from 5am-10pm, Friday from 5am-9pm, Saturday from 7am-6pm and Sunday from 1pm-5pm.  Memberships are available by calling 479-273-9622 (YMCA).

The current Village Athletic Club will be open through November 25th.  If you’re an existing member at the athletic club, your  prepaid membership will be honored at the YMCA.

Media Contacts

Jennifer Cook
Northwest AR, Fort Smith
Phone: 479-338-2927
Cell: 479-466-9728
Twitter: @MercyNWA
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