HENDERSON COUNTY FAMILY YMCA
460 Klutey Park Plaza Drive
Henderson, KY 42420
270.827.9622
     
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HISTORY OF THE HENDERSON COUNTY FAMILY YMCA

Brief narrative of the agency’s history, description of agency’s structure and administration, its programs, services,  expanded facility and demographic nature of persons served.

The Henderson County Family YMCA has been in existence since 1894 when it was located in a downtown office area.  In 1898, the Y moved to another downtown office area, before building its first facility in 1904, at the site of the present Big Rivers Electric parking lot located down by the river. The dated granite corner stone now sits out front of this facility.

The Y remained in this 3 story building until 1971, when it was torn down and a new 32,885 sq ft facility was built on 5 acres of land donated by Carlton Klutey, at 460 Klutey Park Plaza Drive, which opened in June 1973.   There was a Capital Campaign from 1971 – 1973 that raised nearly $800,000 that helped pay for the new facility. The campaign involved such community leaders as Hecht Lackey, Herbert Hoffman, Lambert Farmer, Tom Glover, William Deep, James Crafton, Dr. John Logan,III, Ray Preston, Ken Miller, John Stanley Hoffman, Houston Keach, William Latta, Leo King, Owen Gregory, Ron Jenkins, William Hodge,Jr., Malcolm Neel, Bob Snyder and Reuben Boswell to name a few.  

From 1973 thru 1997, there had been little done to the facility in the way of any major improvements, except for an  air inflated tennis bubble that was erected over two outdoor courts for the winter months in the mid 80’s.  In late 1997, the beginning of a two year $1.25 million dollar Capital Campaign kicked off.  Mr. Chris Hopgood served as Board President and Campaign Chairman, and Sheldon Booze served as CEO/Executive Director of the Y , and was also the Campaign Director.  No professional fund-raising consultants were hired, saving nearly $80,000 in fees !  Key community leaders involved in this campaign included Walt Dear, Tore Stuen, Joan Hoffman, Dr. John Logan,III, Scott Davis, Ray Preston, Jerry Wischer, Phyllis Crafton, David Thomason, Jo Taylor, Greg Mullican, John Hodge and Steve Austin to name a few.

By late 2000, the Y had raised over $1.35 million in gifts and pledges !  Another $400,000 was raised in 2002!  With several very generous lead gifts from the Raymond B. Preston Family Foundation, Walt & Martha Dear and from Leo & Gail King, our YMCA was able to begin facility improvements in the summer of 1998, and in the winter of 1999, the Y’s first addition was added with the new Health & Wellness addition.  In the spring of 2000, the new Multi-Rec Center(tennis courts/walking track/aerobic&tae kwon do room)was completed.  In February of 2003, a new Youth/Sports Gymnasium and a second Teen/Adult Fitness Center(free weight area) was completed.  There were numerous other improvements made to both the inside and outside the Y  between 1998-2004.

In June 2004, the Y’s final major construction project(as planned in the 1997 5 year plan)was completed, that being our new $850,000 Warm Water Therapy Pool, complete with lockers, private showers, changing & bathroom areas!  In October 2004, the Y completed a new parking lot in the back, with 66 new parking spaces that will help handle the need for additional parking during busier winter months, as well as allow parents to park closer to the fields for youth sports.

A new 5,100 sq.ft. Social&Recreation Center and Front Entrance addition($750,000), opened January 3, 2008, with computers, seating, vending, DDR, racing bikes,pool tables and various other games.  In April 2014, our YMCA began construction on building onto the existing facility with another 2,800 sq ft fitness center addition, as well as a 3,200 sq ft Indoor Mini-Golf Center addition! Completion date is October 2014 with  a projected overall cost of $550,000, to be totally paid thru the Y's Capital Account Fund!

In November 2016, the YMCA added Air Condition to the Indoor Track&Tennis facility, to be used between April-Oct of each summer to help better control the heat and humidity for our members during the warmer months.

Presently, our YMCA is conducting another survey among our members, staff and volunteers to gather input and ideas for possible future growth in facility and program development. Hope to have preliminary proposal for Board review in early 2017.

In May 2017, the YMCA relocated the Indoor Mini-Golf 18 holes from Inside to Outside behind the Tennis building. Started changing over the former indoor mini-golf center to another exercise room. Decided to offer a new series of Les Mills Live and Virtual TV strength, exercise and cycling classes starting in October 2017.  Spent nearly $100,000 in the room conversion and equipment.  

The YMCA is a non-profit 501-C-3 organization that is overseen by a volunteer lay Board of Directors, as well as several standing committees made up of board and Y members.  The Y is staffed by 6 full-time and 90 part-time staff.  The Y offers a variety of programs and services year round for all ages and interests, many in collaboration with other local non-profits, school systems and community groups, with usage of Y facilities at little or no cost!

The Henderson County Family YMCA is proud of the fact that our Y has one of the highest percentage of scholarship underwriting, when compared to total membership and operating revenue received.  Thanks to the Board of Directors, which allows our Y to underwrite the scholarship need each year, we were able to scholarship $221,737 in 2018, to 2,938 low income youth and families in Henderson County!

In August of 2017, the United Way of Henderson County stopped funding our YMCA, due to a surplus of funds in our investment CD's and Money Market Funds, which really is mainly earmarked for Capital Projects and Improvements.  Our YMCA became a “designated” only agency. Annual funding went from $19,000 to $2,400 in designated donations.  UW of Henderson County dropped the YMCA all together in July 2019. General belief of many was that it was to make future money available for the upcoming Boys&Girls Club being organized.

Our YMCA has enjoyed significant increases over the years in the number of members and program participants, with a total of 9,049 members and over 2000 program participants at the end of 2018.  About 45% of our members have a family type membership, with the remaining 55% made up of individual youth, adults and senior citizens.  Nearly 60% of our adult and family members are part of a corporate membership, which qualifies them for a lower membership fee.  Our regular membership rates continue to be the overall lowest among Kentucky and Indiana Y’s that have full facilities !  For the first time in 20 years, membership rates were not increased the typical $1/month for 2017,nor for 2018 or 2019 either!

As of August 2019, our YMCA had approximately 53% female members and 47% male members who come from every community in Henderson County, as well as some members from Union and Webster Counties.

In December 2017, a Planet Fitness Center opened up in Henderson in a former grocery store on Rt. 41.  Because of their low $10/month fee for a fitness center only, about 8% of mostly younger Y members joined them.  In addition, the YMCA did not attract as many new memberships during 2018 and had a total of 9,049 members at the end of 2018.

In January 2018, Nationwide membership started, where a member of 1 YMCA could use the facilities, and some programs of any other YMCA in the country for free.  This allowed our “Tri-State” YMCA's to stop having to limit the number of visits per year of each others members.  This helps to some degree, to combat the opening of a Planet Fitness Center here in Henderson in Dec. 2017.

In May 2018, long time employees Cathy Bullock-Membership Director for 30 years retired and in July 2018, Vickie Brown- 45 years at the Service Desk retired!  Also in May 2018, we hired our first Fitness Center Coordinator, Hannah Alvey, who is also a certified Personal Trainer. We started offering affordable Personal Training again, after 7 yrs not.

In August 2018, our YMCA purchased and had installed, a full line of Technogym Weight and Cardio equipment and named the 2nd Fitness Center, The New Technogym Fitness Center.  The equipment is the BEST technology driven fitness equipment on the market!  Total cost was $137,000, plus on-going monthly costs for PM and Apps to connect to the various programs and tracking capabilities offered to members. We also hired more Fitness Center staff. 

In August 2018, the Main Parking lot was completely re- done over by The Rogers Group and Double A Excavation, at a cost of $165,000.  All of the 4” asphalt was removed, nearly 2' of rock was removed and replaced in over half of the parking lot, a French Drain was added in several directions and draining into the side rock ditch.

We also had the entire Roadway going around the Main Parking Lot; the Side Parking lot along the North Ball Field and the Parking Lot by the Warm Pool, all cracked filled with 2 coats and re-stripped by Crowley's Paving at a cost of $6,500.

In October 2018, the Y installed 2 New Hydromassage Lounge Recliners in the Cardio Fitness Center, for free use by all adult Y members. Cost was $32,000.

In December 2018, the Y purchased a 3rd Hydromassage Recliner due to their popularity among Y members! This gave our YMCA 1 more recliner than Planet Fitness!

In 2019 replaced 4 HVAC Units and replaced all lockers (1/2s to fulls) in both Health Locker Rooms, as well as in both Warm Pool Locker Rooms, in addition to numerous other improvements.


Henderson County Family YMCA Mission
To put Christian principles into practice through programs, services, and facilities that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

Henderson County Family YMCA  |  460 Klutey Park Plaza Drive  |  Henderson, KY 42420  |  270.827.9622