Re: “Sumner council increases support for new Y” (TNT, 4-27).
As a member of the Mel Korum YMCA in Puyallup for many years, I have seen that there is a very high demand for this specific recreation center throughout East Pierce County. Many of the Puyallup YMCA’s members commute from other towns such as Orting, Buckley, Bonney Lake, Auburn and Sumner. It would be a convenience to those from the aforementioned towns if another location opened closer to them in Sumner.
A Sumner YMCA would also offer a break from the constant overcrowding that plagues the Puyallup Y. The parking lot in Puyallup is nearly always overflowing, the facility is often too full to work out, and many members (including myself) have withdrawn their memberships due to frustrations with overcrowding.
In a region that features the rapidly growing areas of South Hill and Graham, membership to the Puyallup YMCA only figures to increase if another location does not open. With 21,000 members already currently, I don’t believe the Puyallup Y could support much more growth.
The demand for another Y is clearly there, which is why I see a building a new location in Sumner as nothing but a positive move.