The YMCA of Greater Kansas City will take over operation of the North Kansas City Community Center at the beginning of the year.
The North Kansas City Council and the YMCA’s board of directors approved the proposal last week.
“This gives us the opportunity to provide even more services to the community,” said John Mikos, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.
North Kansas City will retain ownership of the community center, 1999 Iron St. It will be known as North Kansas City YMCA when the YMCA takes over operations Jan. 1.
It will also become the largest YMCA in the region.
The YMCA plans to close its Vivion Road facility and move those members to the newly branded North Kansas City YMCA. The Vivion Road location will remain open through Dec. 28.
Staff members at the Vivion Road Family YMCA will move to the North Kansas City location. Current community center staff will have the opportunity to apply for positions with the YMCA in North Kansas City or other locations.
North Kansas City residents who are members or who join before Jan. 31 will receive the current membership rates through next year.
North Kansas City Hospital has expressed interest in collaborating with the YMCA to be the medical wellness partner at the site.
The next step will be working with the hospital to identify the programs and services needed, Mikos said.
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