Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Several months after announcing that the Hatboro Area YMCA would close its outdoor pool, an official confirmed that it will be made into an expanded parking lot.
Have you had trouble finding a parking spot at the Hatboro Area YMCA lately? In a matter of weeks it should be easier to find somewhere to park, according to YMCA Spokeswoman Omoiye Kinney, who told Patch that construction would begin soon to remove the closed-down outdoor pool and replace it with about 30 additional parking spaces. Kinney said the space would also accommodate the YMCA's summer day camp programming. The expanded lot would be ready before camp begins in June, Kinney said. Kinney said adding onto the existing parking lot was the "immediate plan" and added that "ideally" the Y would like to expand the facility. "It could be five years," Kinney said. "It could be 10 years." Hatboro officials had announced in January that the…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The YMCA's annual Healthy Kids Day will be held Saturday at the Hatboro branch.
Area children will have the chance to exercise their bodies–and minds–during the Hatboro Area YMCA's annual Healthy Kids Day. The Y's free community event, which will also be offered at 1,900 YMCA locations, is slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Hatboro Y, 440 S. York Road. Aimed at encouraging Hatboro and Horsham kids to get moving, learning and adopting ways to live healthier, the event features health-related activities including family yoga, gymnastics, face painting, an obstacle course and much more. According to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot – a survey of parents that gauges their children’s activity levels during the school year – 19 percent of children get 60 minutes of physical activity; 17 …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Following the announcement that the Hatboro Area YMCA would close its outdoor pool, the Hatboro Hurricanes had been displaced from a practice site–until now.
After two months of searching, the Hatboro Area YMCA has found a partner to help host its summer swim team practices. From June 17 until the last meet in mid to late July, Hatboro Hurricane team members can practice at Abington High School's indoor pool from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Monday through Friday, according to YMCA Spokeswoman Omoiye Kinney. Participants unable to practice in the morning can swim in the Hatboro Y's indoor pool the following days and times: Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. For the season kickoff from May 20 through June 14, Kinney said the team will practice evenings at the Hatboro Y's indoor pool as in past years. Families planning to have their …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
A month after the Hatboro Area YMCA announced that its outdoor pool would close this winter, efforts are still being made to relocate the Hatboro Hurricanes' swim practices.
The swim season is just a few months away, but where the Hatboro Area YMCA's team, the Hatboro Hurricanes, will practice for summertime meets is still up in the air. Since last month's announcement that the Y would close its outdoor pool, YMCA officials have been meeting with area pools to see if any can accommodate practices for the roughly 100 swimmers in the YMCA's swim team. To date, none of the pools have been able to accommodate the Y's practice schedule, according to YMCA Spokeswoman Omoiye Kinney. "We are still pursuing just different venues that we could possibly work with," Kinney told Patch. "We are looking at several other locations in the Hatboro area and the surrounding communities that we may be able to potentially partner …
Four vehicles parked at the Hatboro Area YMCA were broken into Wednesday evening, police said.
Did you happen to be in the area of the Hatboro YMCA sometime around or after dinner Wednesday night? If so, you may be able to provide details to police about the break-in of four vehicles parked in the Y's lot at 440 S. York Road. Sometime between 6:55 and 8 p.m., police said the windows of four parked vehicles were smashed with a purse stolen from the interior of each vehicle. Each purse contained a variety of credit cards, cash and personal property. The interior of a vehicle is not a safe place to store valuables, particularly if they are visible from the exterior, police said. "Determined thieves who target specific locations such as fitness clubs are prepared to smash windows for highly prized items such as purses, wallets, laptop…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
To move the Hatboro Memorial Pool closer to self-sufficiency, the Hatboro Borough Council is considering increasing fees for this summer.
It will cost more to swim at the Hatboro Memorial Pool this summer under a set of proposed fees that the Hatboro Borough Council will act on later this month. Costs are expected to increase between $10 and $15 for almost everything, the few exceptions being senior memberships, entrance for children under age 2 and resident day passes, according to a proposed rate sheet obtained by Patch. Council will take action at its Feb. 25 meeting. Councilman Mark Sheedy said officials evaluated fees in a 5-mile radius of other public pools. The end result, Sheedy said, are planned tweaks to make the Memorial Pool's rates "more in line with other public pools." "We’re trying to make the pool self-sufficient so we’re not taking money from public works…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Hatboro Area YMCA is working to finalize plans involving the closure of its outdoor pool.
Members and visitors of the Hatboro Area YMCA may have more space to park their cars with the impending closure of the Y's outdoor pool. YMCA Spokeswoman Omoiye Kinney said the "short-term" option should the Hatboro Y shutter its outside pool, would be to expand the existing parking lot to the area now encompassed by the pool. "All of the details have not yet been finalized," Kinney told Patch, adding that for the long-term, "we'd be able to expand the facility." Kinney said the end result when a YMCA in the northeast closed its outdoor pool was an added 3,000 square feet. News of the pool's closure was announced during a Hatboro Borough Council meeting last week. Initially, YMCA representatives told Patch that the "announcement" regarding…
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Horsham Township is organizing its first-ever Freezer 5K and one-mile walk for Dec. 16.
Jon Waxman set out to “get the whole community together.” And, by the participation on the organization end of Horsham’s first-ever December 5K, it would seem that Waxman, owner of Lee’s Hoagie House locations in Horsham and Abington, succeeded. “I wanted to get involved with the community,” Waxman told Patch. “I didn’t know what to do.” But, Mark Hudson, Horsham Township’s Parks and Recreation Department director did. “I always wanted to do a 5K, but never knew how to do it,” Hudson said. With insight from Hatboro Area YMCA Executive Director Gary Chamberlain, as well as representatives of Fleet Feet Sports, Horsham is running with its community outreach effort, the Freezer 5K run and one-mile walk. The title of the Dec. 16 event holds a …
Friday, October 26, 2012
The Hatboro YMCA's annual Skeleton Skurry takes place Saturday morning at Pennypack Elementary School. Roads in the 5K's route will be temporarily closed.
West Moreland Avenue in Hatboro will be closed during the Hatboro YMCA's seventh annual Skeleton Skurry 5K run, Hatboro Police Chief James Gardner said. Gardner said other roads will be temporarily closed Saturday morning during the run, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at Pennypack Elementary School, 130 Spring Ave., in Hatboro. "Have patience and use caution," Gardner said during this week's borough council meeting.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
David Dryden named 'Volunteer of the Year.'
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Thursday, August 2, 2012
The Hatboro Area YMCA recognized a 12-year volunteer during its recent annual meeting. David Dryden, a native of Northeast Philadelphia and Hatboro resident since age 11, was named Hatboro Area YMCA Volunteer of the Year. John F. Flynn, CEO and President of the YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity acknowledged Dryden for his unwavering support and service to the Y. Dryden, who is in his second term as board chairman for his hometown YMCA, advocates for activities and programs for teens and tweens with special needs, according to a press release from the Hatboro Y. He works closely with the Y to ensure that countless services and opportunities continue to be available for youth with special needs. A Bank of America executive, Dryden also …