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New YMCA open for business in Ocean Springs

Nearly 200 people gathered for new YMCA ribbon cutting (Image Source: WLOX News) Nearly 200 people gathered for new YMCA ribbon cutting (Image Source: WLOX News)
The inside of the new fitness center (Image Source: WLOX News) The inside of the new fitness center (Image Source: WLOX News)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

It was a day of celebration in Ocean Springs as the ribbon was cut on the brand new Blossman Family YMCA. Nearly 200 people turned out to celebrate the grand opening of the brand new facility.

“I think people look at this facility and they say, ‘Wow. Something nice and new.' I think that will bring people in, and then they will see what the Y community is all about,” said Joey Conwill, who is the Wellness Director.

George Purvines and his family have been working out at the Y since 1994. He could barely think of words to describe the new facility.

“This is, what more can I say, this is excellent. This is, thank you Lord. This is really a dream come true,” said Purvines.

Purvines describes the Y as a motivating, family friendly environment.

“The staff, they're always encouraging. Whatever your goals are, they're there for you and they're supportive,” said Purvines.

President and CEO Phillip Doiron says they began talking about building a new YMCA about a decade ago. Since they are a nonprofit, it took some time to get donors onboard with the big vision.

“We had a lot of conversations, and not all of them were easy conversations to figure out with what we wanted to do with the organization and how we wanted to reach the most people possible,” said Doiron.

Doiron says the YMCA has always been a staple in the Ocean Springs community. Even with more than 1,200 registered families, they hope the new facility will attract even more people to come join the Y and start living a healthier life.

“This was key in making this kind of an anchor, making this fitness center into something for families. Renovating this pool was important, and we thought it would affect the health of this community,” said Doiron.

For the month of May, the membership fee is waived.

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