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YMCA a positive for community, visitors

Posted: January 24, 2012 12:04 p.m.
Updated: January 25, 2012 5:00 a.m.

My husband and I moved to Camden eight years ago after falling in love with the many charms that this town has to offer. The history, parks and many cultural activities, coupled with small town ambiance and friendly people, convinced us that Camden would be the perfect community for us to settle and start our family. We now have a 4-year old daughter that we regularly take to local parks, Historic Camden, the Kershaw County Farmers Market, and many of the incredible offerings of the Kershaw County Library and Fine Arts Center. While these are undeniably awesome resources, we yearn for a facility that provides families throughout the county and visitors to our fine city with a venue for multiple fitness activities year-round.

To say the least, when we heard the news about a potential YMCA coming to Camden, we were ecstatic! Having visited many YMCAs in our travels, we knew that the YMCA was an incredible resource for communities and families, and we were eager to see the families of Kershaw County benefit from these offerings. My husband and I are runners, swimmers, and physically active individuals who are constantly looking for local outlets for exercise and recreation. When we visit Charlotte or the North Carolina mountains, we regularly pay to use their YMCA facilities. Generally, we spend a few hours, my husband and I participating in fitness activities of our choosing as our daughter makes new friends and engages in stimulating activities in the “Kids Zone” child care setting. After our workouts, our entire family heads to the indoor pool (sometimes equipped with kid-friendly splash-zone equipment), where we swim and play together, giving our daughter the opportunity to practice the swimming skills that she develops over the summer at the KCRC pool. Following our swim, we usually dine and shop in the restaurants and stores in the local vicinity. In short, we see the addition of a YMCA as a positive for our community and for those who visit. We are confident that many others in our community seek similar offerings. 

We understand the debate and controversy surrounding the proposed YMCA, but given the facts on the table and the benefits that a YMCA would offer our citizens and visitors to our county (see, we remain firmly in support of the City’s proposal.



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