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YMCA Rings in New Year by Expanding Hours


When the YMCA of the Northwoods opens on January 1, it will not close.

At least not for members who purchase 24/7 access.

Matt Steingraber, the YMCA’s youth director says this change is what many gym-goers were interested in, according to the gym’s community needs assessment.

“We have a lot of people in our community who are doctors, factory workers whose schedules aren’t really the typical 9 to 5 that enables them to come to the Y before or after work,” he said.

Now, by purchasing a $25 key fob and paying an extra $2 monthly fee, members can come and go from the gym as they please.

“It’s really unique that not only do you get access to the workout center, but you also get to go in and shoot hoops, or play pickleball or whatever you want to do at midnight,” Steingraber said.

The YMCA of the Northwoods will not be staffed at midnight, but security cameras will scan the halls at all hours.

Erin Gottsacker worked at WXPR as a Morning Edition host and reporter from December 2020 to January 2023. During her time at the station, Erin reported on the issues that matter most in the Northwoods.
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