August 2016

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati - President's Template


Engage, ignite, achieve

Dear Y Friends,

There are some very exciting things happening with our Y this summer.  The first, is a newly renovated and reimagined Central Parkway YMCA in the same building and spot where the Y began almost 100 years ago.  The light bright space, great equipment, multiple group studio spaces and welcoming staff, give our association one more location to add to our network of facilities to serve people of all ages and stages through our YMCA.  Every member can now consider the Central Parkway Y one option to support healthy habits where you live, work and play. 

Speaking of reimagining, the Richard E Lindner YMCA in Norwood has just completed the conversion of their gymnasium into a top notch gymnastic center, just in time for the summer Olympics and all the aspirations of future gymnasts throughout our Y.   And, with all this talk of new and honoring the old while creating fresh options, let’s celebrate the Ys in our network who teach people of all ages how to grow fresh vegetables and learn how healthy eating can be accessible close to home.  Eli’s Garden teaches kids and families how to grow fresh food, shares the bounty of the garden with Y members, and raises money for the Y’s annual support campaign  – serving our community threefold. 

With all these examples, you can see how we are rooted in the great service and plans of the Y in the past, yet are finding new ways to bring freshness and vitality to welcome and encourage good health for all.  That’s what I call roots and wings, and why I am so proud of our Y volunteers and staff.

Enjoy the rest of your summer...and thanks for being part of the Y and helping those around you thrive!

Sandy Walker President
Sandy Walker President

Sandy Berlin Walker
President and CEO

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Downtown Just Got More Awesome

After a decade of planning and 19 months of renovation, the reimagined Central Parkway YMCA reopened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Located at 1105 Elm Street in Cincinnati, the historic YMCA sits at the gateway between downtown and Over-the-Rhine, with convenient access for local businesses and community residents.  Former President William Howard Taft delivered the address for the corner-stone laying of the Central Parkway YMCA in 1917.

“The transformation of the Central Parkway YMCA has been our dream for more than a decade, and this $17 million dollar revitalization will enable the Y to be an essential health and wellness resource in this community for many years to come,” said YMCA of Greater Cincinnati President and CEO Sandy Walker. 


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New Gymnastics Center Open In Norwood

Welcome to the new Richard E. Lindner YMCA Gymnastics Center.  Located at the Lindner YMCA, 2039 Sherman Avenue in Norwood, programming includes everything from pre-school through adult gymnastics for both boys and girls. Classes include parkour, tumbling, artistic gymnastics and cheerleading; the center will be home to a nationally recognized gymnastics team, formerly known as the Blue Ash Bounders.

“At the Lindner YMCA Gymnastics Center, you will be able to watch hidden potential become lauded achievement,” said YMCA Group Vice President Kathy Lozano, who oversees the facility. 


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Growing Our Community

Lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. Strengthening and growing community is what the Y does best and the crew at the Clippard Family YMCA, take the challenge, literally!

Back in 2011, Eli Crooms created Eli’s Garden, and was quickly joined by Denny and Wilma Kiefer, then by Casey Texler and John Funke to oversee planting and care of the garden that sustains members and community in several ways. Throughout the “harvest season”, they set up in the lobby of the Y three days each week, taking suggested donations for their vegetables. Last year, they raised $3,500, and hope to do over $5,000 this year.


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