New Kirk Family YMCA begins first phase with summer day camp

The Kirk Family YMCA in Downtown KC will open in phases this year, beginning with enrollment for a summer day camp program scheduled to start June 7.

The camp will support working families by providing a safe, fun program for kids. It will also serve an important need – helping kids who have had their learning disrupted by the pandemic by giving them an opportunity to continue to learn throughout the summer.

The Kirk Family YMCA, located at 222 W. 11th St. in the former Lyric Theatre building, was created to support those who live and work in Downtown. The Y plans to open the full facility by the end of the year as more workers return to Downtown, and more individuals and families are ready to return to a community center.

Because the rest of the facility will open at a later date, the camp will have access to spaces throughout the building providing an exciting summer day camp experience. Camp activities will take advantage of building amenities including the indoor pools, gym and an outdoor artificial turf field behind the building. The camp will follow the curriculum of Y camps throughout the metro, with each week featuring a unique theme and activities that promote physical movement, social interaction, educational opportunities, leadership, personal growth and creativity.

Learn more about the Kirk Family YMCA at DowntownKCY.org. Stay tuned for more information about corporate membership opportunities, tours and events coming this summer and fall. Register for YMCA Summer Day Camps at KansasCityYMCA.org/Camp.

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DTC participates in nationwide COVID-19 Sentiment Survey

As COVID continues to profoundly impact downtowns across the country, it is more important than ever to know the priorities, concerns, and behaviors of our people – residents, customers, workers and employers, as we emerge from COVID and look forward to the summer.

With that in mind, the Downtown Council of Kansas City (DTC) is partnering with the International Downtown Association and RRC Associates, to launch Wave 3 of their COVID-19 District Sentiment Survey.  The research will focus on answering critically important questions that every district leader and business owner will need to know:

  • Are employees going back to the office? When and how often?
  • How do people feel about outdoor special events?
  • Are they ready to go back to indoor dining, theaters and meeting spaces?
  • Do they want to keep expanded outdoor dining beyond COVID?
  • What about transportation? How will they commute downtown?
  • Are they concerned about downtown safety and security issues? 

You are invited to complete the national COVID-19 Sentiment Survey this week. Your responses will help the DTC plan for the future and will be kept confidential. The DTC will have access to summarized local and national responses. Contact Ann Holliday at ann@downtownkc.org to learn more.