The Garden Ranch Y has been a part of the Colorado Springs community for over 31 years, serving close to 10,000 people with a significant population of seniors whose lives are enhanced through social outlets and therapeutic wellness programs. Due to the affordable housing market in this area, many young families are now moving into the area again, making this a truly intergenerational YMCA. Garden Ranch has been experiencing a decline in membership and program enrollment as a result of an aging facility in need of repair and updated, relevant space for the community to connect.
Needs being addressed through this renovation include:
Visibility and accessibility for seniors and families to get in and around the YMCA through a new entrance. Many people in the community are not aware of the Garden Ranch YMCA due to the entrance not being visible and matured landscaping covering signage. The exterior is brick that does not command attention from the road and therefore many people drive by without realizing a YMCA is in their neighborhood.
Intentional social areas that will bring people together, build a sense of community and provide opportunities for all generations to connect will be met through a major lobby renovation and dedicated areas for group exercise and wellness. New areas will allow for innovative programming to take place which is currently restricted due to lack of available rooms. From card games to Zumba or weightlifting, the new lobby, group exercise and wellness areas will bring the Garden Ranch community together to focus on their spirit, mind and body.
Added safety for youth, families and populations with special needs with the addition of new family changing rooms. Providing families an opportunity to prepare their child for swim lessons in a dedicated space when multiple children are involved or a parent of the opposite sex than the child will accommodate the growing needs of a community where young families are moving back into the area. As a leader in teaching young people to swim, it is imperative families feel safe and supported through their entire swimming experience.
Enhanced efficiency through infrastructure changes. As the facility aged, equipment began to fail. The Y strategically put off varying components of repair, not wanting to spend money on areas that would soon be renovated. The overall infrastructure upgrades will bring the Garden Ranch YMCA to a state of the art facility serving the center of Colorado Springs