YMCA gives Burnet’s Galloway-Hammond a new look and programs

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

BURNET — While the location remains the same, the name and operation definitely aren’t. People walking into the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond will discover a new look with lots of choices.

“Basically, we remodeled everything,” said Cameron Bahr, YMCA of Greater Williamson County district executive director. “We have new locker rooms, new lobby, lots of new equipment.”

Last year, the city of Burnet and YMCA of Greater Williamson County forged a plan to transfer operation of the Galloway-Hammond Recreation Center to the YMCA. And though crews still have about one percent of the work left (the playground out front isn’t completely finished), patrons can explore all the changes inside and get working on a new year of health and fitness.

“One of the things we really focus on is having programs for kids, teens, adults and older residents — everybody,” Bahr said. “It’s a family hub. What we want is to become the place people come together. The YMCA is the hub.”

The YMCA offers a plethora of programs. There are a lot of group classes that people can join to get in shape. Bahr said a few of the big additions to that list includes the Les Mills’ Body Pump, CXWORX and a evening step class.

“The CXWORX is a 30-minute core workout,” Bahr said.

The YMCA also has added more cardio equipment, which should really make a difference during peak times with people not having to wait as long, if at all, to use the machines.

And for the younger ones, there is a preschool dance and gymnastics class.

“We’re also offering a soccer program and youth volleyball this spring,” Bahr said. “The soccer program is for kids from 3 (years old) through sixth grade. It’s a recreational one where parents can sign their kids up and see if they like it. It’s not one of the (travel) competitive programs. And that’s part of what we’re trying to do is give people a place they can come and try some things out.”

There’s even a USA Taekowndo program for ages 5 and older.

Though Galloway-Hammond Recreation Center offered many similar programs, the YMCA brings with it a number of resources to help bolster the facility. With more than 6,000 units across the country, the YMCA can provide a breadth of knowledge and activities other facilities might not be able to.

“If you haven’t been here before, we hope you’ll come in and check us out,” Bahr said.

Go to www.ymcagwc.org and click on the “Burnet” button or call (512) 756-6180 for more information on YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond. The facility is located at 1601 S. Water St. (U.S. 281).

daniel@thepicayune.com