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Are there plans for a YMCA in Brunswick County?

There are currently no plans to build a YMCA in Brunswick County, yet conversations have begun in Leland about what sort of partnership could be available between the town and YMCA in the future. On Oct. 1 the town of Leland will begin creating a parks and recreation open space master plan that will involve conversation with YMCA leadership. During the process of creating that plan, Niel Brooks, the town’s operation services director, said the town plans to have a number of meetings with people in the community about what they want to see in the community as far as parks and recreation. Brooks said the town has asked a consultant hired to facilitate development of the plan to pay special attention to the idea of a multipurpose athletic facility, as well as focus on potential partnerships that are out there for a facility.

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“The reason why we are asking them to focus on that facility is because we have heard in the last year that is certainly something people are very interested in,” Brooks said. “So we might want to explore that a little further.”

Brooks said the town has already been talking to Dick Jones, president/CEO of YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina, and noted that the YMCA has expressed interest in what a partnership between the town and YMCA could look like.

“Currently we have a lot of Leland and other county residents coming across the river for programs, as well as our facilities,” Jones said. “If we can partner in some way with the folks in Brunswick County, we’re happy to do so.”

Brooks said the master plan process will take about eight to nine months to complete and expects that findings will be available by next summer. The town will also be conducting a community survey to determine if there is a need for some type of multipurpose facility in the area and what model could be used to build something “sustainable and feasible.”

Jones said the YMCA has offered to assist the town with the survey component of the process.

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