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YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids - 3 Reviews - 475 Lake Michigan Drive, Grand Rapids, MI - Personal Care Reviews - Phone (616) 855-9622

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids

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Have you seen the newest YMCA facility in Grand Rapids??? You've got to check out the new David D. Hunting YMCA! It's awesome ~ it has locker rooms for ladies, men, young girls, ...

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Wonderful facility with a few design flaws 12/17/2005

I became a member of the YMCA about a year ago, back when they were in the old building next to the library. Compared to that old facility, this new one is a DREAM! Beautiful amenities, nice and open, big bright windows, two lovely pools, and the locker rooms are a HUGE improvement over the old ones with their leaky sagging ceilings. I actually feel okay using the hot tub instead of a bit icky. However there are a few problems which I think the designers should have thought of before construction. I tend to use the facility at its peak time because that is when it works best for me (and a lot of other people as well!). I have a few physical impediments meaning that I've been recommended to use the treadmills primarily. Well, many days I can hardly find one to use, and often have to wait. The cardio area with the bikes, ellipticals and treadmills is obviously the most popular area, so they should have put in more machines for people to use. Also, the parking situation is pretty bad. During this peak time there is never an open spot in the lot, meaning that you have to look elsewhere and walk further. That's not ideal for Michigan winters in workout attire. Plus, the Y's parking lot is very cramped and narrow, making turns and maneuvering difficult. Overall it's very nice - just a few design flaws that should have been taken into account! more

The new Downtown Y - still working out the kinks 12/16/2005

We love the new Downtown GR Y for working out. The cardio theatre is fabulous, the track around the outer edge of the 3rd floor offers a great view while you are running or walking. I love the adults only locker rooms, when it is enforced (see below). Tthere are also "girls" locker rooms for females of any age. "boys" lockers for males of any age and family locker rooms, but the main lockers are adult-only. Gotta love that. But there are problems. The steam rooms are non-functional more than not and the showers are frequently closed for repainting. Since this branch only opened in June 2005, the paint really shouldn't be peeling so badly already. Initially there were problems getting the pools open, but that was resolved. Our biggest beef, however, has been the childcare. What a poorly planned fiasco!! An insider told me that the powers that be at the Y truly believed that very few families with small children would use the downtown location. The child care area is entirely too small. They expect children from 3 months to 12 years old (!) to share the same small space. Ridiculous. Often there are not enough staff and those that are present are not friendly and don't seem to care too much about the kids. It's more of a child storage area than anything. One not-very-busy evening, I arrived to pick up my children only to find my 8-month-old and my autistic 4-year-old both had very full diapers that had clearly been that way a while. The 4-year-old's pants and socks(!) were soaked in urine. They gave him a bunch of juice, but never bothered to change him in 1.5 hours. (And yes, they were informed beforehand that although he is 4 he is not potty-trained due to his autism.) Also, they have had a problem with enforcement of the adults-only and single-gender only policies in the locker rooms. Despite the availability of the family locker rooms, mothers still bring their sons into the women's locker room and dads bring their girls into the men's. So they have children of the opposite gender in adult-only, single-gender only locker rooms - can these people not read? And the staff do very little to enforce this policy except make the signs bigger. For exercise we love the downtown branch, but for family-friendliness we prefer the Visser Y in Grandville (even though we live near downtown). 5 stars for workout, two stars for childcare and policy enforcement. more

AWESOME New Facility for GR! 9/18/2005

Have you seen the newest YMCA facility in Grand Rapids??? You've got to check out the new David D. Hunting YMCA! It's awesome ~ it has locker rooms for ladies, men, young girls, young boys, and families. There area 3 pools ~ one is for competitive swimming, one's a lap pool and one's really a lazy river that has a zero entry. That means that you can sit at the opening of the pool with your young child and let them walk around, giving them some opportunity for exploration in the water setting. You still need to obviously watch them and be right there. There are lifeguards everywhere as well. Our 3 kids (11, 3, 1) all love the pool area. There are also many different areas for working out. And some that even look over the pool area so you can work out and still watch your child in their swim lessons. :O) If you haven't been to check it out, you really need to get a guest pass and check out the new Y! more
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