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Davis ‘Y’ opens Jan. 2

Ronnie Lauth, 14, tries out a piece of equipment at the Davis Family YMCA in Jefferson Park open house, Monday, Dec. 28. The YMCA will open for business Saturday, Jan. 2, with grand-opening ceremonies planned for late January.- Heather Mays/farragutpress
The Davis Family YMCA at Jefferson Park, 12133 South Northshore Drive, will open its doors Saturday, Jan. 2.

“We have some unique things we’ve focused on this location,” executive director Vickey Beard said.

“We have an indoor pool, an Olympic, competition-sized pool. And it’s salt-based, not chlorine,” she added. Staff will offer swim lessons at the pool.

In addition, the new Y features a large fitness center with cardio and weight equipment, as well as a Trazer system for children.

“It’s like a Wii on steroids for kids. It’s very interactive. You can’t do it sitting; you have to do it standing,” Beard said.

A kinesis training room will feature a “personal training type of environment.

“It’s a closed-table, grab-and-go system, similar to a Bowflex, but very, very, very advanced. And it must be done with a personal trainer,” Beard said.

In addition, the Davis Family YMCA will offer “all the group exercise you can imagine from Zumba, cycle, Pilates, yoga, water aerobics, silver splash, silver sneakers, you name it.”

“We’ve got all the classes,” she added.

The YMCA also will continue to offer youth sports.

Fees to join the YMCA are the same as any other Y, Beard said. Monthly membership rates start at $24 for youth and top out at $65. Currently, the joining fee is being waived.

And like any other YMCA, the Davis Family location will offer financial assistance to those who cannot cover those fees.

“Nothing has changed in terms of that. We still do our financial assistance program,” Beard said.

Beard said she was excited abut the green design aspects of the new YMCA, including LED parking lot lights on timers, recycled-material mulch and recyclable bicycle racks and plastic benches.

According to a press release, the only paper the Y will use, besides toilet paper and paper towels, are membership applications. Everything else will be digital.

Babies will be offered only plastic swim diapers, and the pool itself is salt, not chlorine, based.

Even the trash bags the Y will use will be green, the release stated.

Forty-five to 50 people will staff the YMCA.

Beard said the Jefferson Park locale allowed for possible expansions to meet members’ needs.

“The future is bright, because we have plenty of room to expand.

“We will start business here and just see what the community needs. We don’t want to plan on building any specific thing, because if we find out we need something else, that’s what we’ll build,” she said.

“We’re trying to react to what the needs are,” she added.

The Davis Family YMCA will be open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays and from 1 to 6 p.m., Sundays.

For more information, call the Davis Family YMCA at 865-777-9622 or visit


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