YMCA Kids Give Presentation Thanking Buffalo City Council

The Johnson County Family YMCA brought some young people to the last Buffalo City Council meeting to thank the council for allowing the YMCA to use the city-owned old archery building and to give the council a scrapbook the kids compiled of events and fun activities they have participated in since the “Y In The Park” opened in November of 2015.

YMCA Executive Director Mike Quast told the council that the Y has seen participation in their programs increase by 50% so far and are projecting that to be close to a 100% increase by next year.
He then introduced Youth Program Director Shanda Wright, who then explained why they were before the council.

A few of the kids spoke personally about their experience with the Y In The Park and thanked the council for letting the Y use the building.
The reasons the kids liked the Y In The Park ranged from “getting to play sports, have fun and hang out with my friends,” to “I like the staff,” and “because it's safe.”

Wright also introduced Mike Davis, who is handling after school sports programs at the Y In The Park, playing football, soccer, tennis and many other sports. She said the Y is utilizing all of the facilities in the park adjacent to their

The YMCA approached the city a couple of years ago with the idea of using the old city-owned archery building for additional space for after-school and other programs.
The YMCA paid for the updates, upgrades and renovation to the building in exchange for the city allowing them to lease the building for their use.

For pictures of the newly-remodeled building, go to the link in this story online at sheridanmedia.com
For pictures of the remodeled “Y In The Park,” click the link to the YMCA website here: