2021 Yellow Springs News Merchandise
Sep
16
2021
Antioch College
Antioch College and the YS Development Corporation announced that they would partner to reopen the Wellness Center, pictured here at its 2014 opening. The Wellness Center has been closed since March 2020. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

Antioch College and the YS Development Corporation announced that they would partner to reopen the Wellness Center, pictured here at its 2014 opening. The Wellness Center has been closed since March 2020. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

YSDC, Antioch to partner to reopen Wellness Center

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At a special meeting on Friday, July 23, the YS Development Corporation, or YSDC, and Antioch College announced that they will collaborate to reopen the Wellness Center.

According to a press release from Antioch College: “The partnership with the Yellow Springs Development Corporation will allow the Wellness Center to continue to benefit the college’s students and employees, as well as members of the surrounding community while also expanding its economic and civic impact.”

The Wellness Center, which originally opened to the public in 2014, closed in March of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though gyms and fitness centers were cleared by the State of Ohio to reopen in May of 2020, the Wellness Center remained closed.

As reported in a March 29 YS News story, Antioch College Vice President for Operations and Business Hannah Montgomery stated that the decision to keep the center closed was made due to the higher than average age of the center’s members. Other considerations were the importance of keeping students living on campus safe and healthy and “our financial ability to support the Wellness Center when it is not at full capacity,” Montgomery wrote in an email. Membership fees have been put on hold since the center’s closure, and according to Montgomery, the facility’s pool was drained and maintenance has been ongoing.

The announcement of the agreement between the YSDC and the college stated that further details, and a date for reopening, are slated to be announced by the end of August.

A more detailed report of the meeting will appear in an upcoming issue of the News.

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2 Responses to “YSDC, Antioch to partner to reopen Wellness Center”

  1. charles werking says:

    Excellent news!

  2. Pamela vonMatthiessen says:

    Fantastic!! We have missed it so much