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YMCA considering Freedom Park for new center



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The Arthur R. Baxter YMCA on Shelby street in Indianapolis is the closest YMCA facility to Johnson County. The city of Greenwood is hoping a planned YMCA facility will be built at Freedom Park. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has wanted to open a facility in Johnson County for the past three to four years and now is considering building one at Freedom Park in Greenwood.

Johnson County’s population growth made it a target for expansion, Baxter YMCA executive director Danielle Tippett said. The nonprofit is always looking to grow and offer its health and wellness services to more people, she said.

Tippett said that in recent years, the local chapter of the nonprofit Young Men’s Christian Association has been in an expansion mode and is building new YMCA facilities in Indianapolis — downtown, on the east side and in Pike Township. A new YMCA also recently opened in the Indianapolis City Market, as part of an effort to revitalize the historic landmark.

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