Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation, YMCA of Greater Louisville announce new programs and name for former Berrytown YMCA

March 08, 2016

Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation and the YMCA of Greater Louisville announced today that they are entering into an exciting new partnership that will expand and enhance services at the site of the Berrytown Family YMCA in northeast Louisville.


The partnership will result in increased hours at the facility and a significantly broader array of program opportunities for the community. The teaming together of both organizations will leverage the strengths of the YMCA and Metro Parks, resulting in more opportunities for those in the Berrytown area.

As of April 4, the facility will become the Berrytown Recreation Center – A Partnership with the YMCA, operated by Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation.  Both entities will maintain a presence in delivering services.  Most notably, Metro Parks Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) program, which provides a wide range of recreational activities for individuals with mental and/or physical disabilities, will relocate to the Berrytown facility from the Douglass Community Center.

“Those who live in the area, and even beyond, are going to greatly benefit from the positive changes under way at the Berrytown Recreation Center,” said District 19 Councilwoman Julie Denton. “The partnership between Metro Parks and the YMCA is going to allow the facility to be used in a way that meets the needs of the entire community.”

"I will miss the Adaptive and Inclusive Recreational program at the Douglass Center and wish those lovely participants great happiness at Berrytown,” said District 8 Councilman Tom Owen.  “I have been assured of expanded recreational and community programming at the Douglass Center to replace the loss of those smiling faces."


The Douglass Community Center will remain open as a Metro Parks facility. Community programming, such as summer camps, Silver Sneakers and social events for teens, will continue and possibly expand due to the change.  


“Relocating the AIR program to a fully accessible, modern facility has been a goal of ours for quite some time. When the YMCA approached us about partnering, it was clear we had found a good home for the participants,” said Metro Parks Director, Seve Ghose. “We couldn’t be more excited to bring our quality programming to this part of the community.”

“The Y sees this partnership as an opportunity to leverage community resources in a way that allows the expansion of hours and program services for the Berrytown community,” said Steve Tarver, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Louisville. “The Y will continue its commitment to providing youth out-of-school programming and youth and adult health, education, and values based programs at the Berrytown Recreation Center.”

Both Metro Parks and the YMCA have been addressing community needs based on both organizations’ strategic planning and have strong track records in collaborating and program delivery. With a shared goal of improving the health and wellness of the community, the organizations expect many benefits from this collaboration in the Berrytown Recreation Center, including:

Expanded facility hours
Locating the Metro Parks and Recreation Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) program services at the facility
Adding an additional night to the YMCA after-school tutoring and Kid’s Café programs
Continuing opportunities for team sports participation
Increased youth and adult health and chronic disease prevention programs, including several YMCA evidence-based programs that have recently become available
Opportunities for every child in the Berrytown/Griffytown community to learn to swim.
Continuing group activities for children in the out-of-school-time hours, including field trips, swimming, and group programs during the summer and when schools is out
Enhanced educational activities including YMCA Black Achievers, Summer Learning, etc.
Reduced costs for building access and programs in most cases.
Continuation of the Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition Program
Continued hosting of Kid's Cafe and other community meetings

Metro Parks and Recreation programming will begin at the Berrytown site the week of April 4, including two spring break basketball camps featuring former UL basketball player Robbie Valentine, on Tuesday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 6. 

The center will be open during Spring Break, April 4 to 9, from 11 to 6 p.m. Transportation will be provided to the Northeast Family YMCA for swimming on Monday and Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and school-related activities will be offered at the Berrytown center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Kids Café will be open from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

As part of a week-long series of public meetings next month, Metro Parks and Recreation will be hosting an open house from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. Staff will be on hand for tours of the facility and to answer questions that evening.

The Berrytown Recreation Center is located at 1300 Heafer Road, just outside of Anchorage. It is adjacent to the 24-acre Berrytown Park, which has been maintained by Metro Parks since 1970.

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