Updated: January 28, 2013 6:24AM
PLANO — The Fox Valley Family YMCA in Plano has begun waiving joining fees for members and former members of Yorkville’s REC Center.
The YMCA made the gesture this month after meeting with the Yorkville Park Board and some City Council members.
In a press release by the Y, officials said they are making the offer because Yorkville Mayor Gary Golinski pronounced the effort for the city to buy the REC Center “dead.” He added that because the REC Center is key to recreational offerings by the city’s Parks Department, recreational opportunities this winter will be sharply curtailed in Yorkville.
Officials at the YMCA said the “organization continues to be available to meet the needs of Yorkville residents.”
“YMCA officials recognize their role in assisting surrounding communities in providing residents with fitness, recreation, and enrichment programs tied to their mission,” the YMCA press release said.
The REC Center houses Yorkville’s Parks Department administrative staff, and its fitness equipment and programs. It also has a pool and several recreation classes, although some recreation programs are offered at city parks and at local schools.
The Fox Valley Family YMCA, on Route 34 and Eldamain Road in Plano, is the largest public charity and child care provider in Kendall County, serving more than 19,000 participants a year with a staff of about 200.
Those interested in the transition from the REC Center to the YMCA can call Katie Bucio at 630-552-4100, ext. 244. For more information, visit the Fox Valley Family YMCA’s website at foxvalleyymca.org.