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Monday, May 27, 2024

The Pocono Family YMCA Offers These Popular Programs

Victor is very popular for his high intensity workouts during Aqua Aerobics. Photo by D. L. Dunn, 10/2023

The Pocono Family YMCA, located at 809 Main Street, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, is set for major renovations beginning in February 2024. Having been a fixture for some who can remember learning to swim there from elders who themselves took swim lessons about 70 years ago, the expanded, modernized facility will take over the Dunkin’ Donuts next door to eventually have a new pool, accompaniments and gym.

A total so far to be spent on the renovation and expansion project is reported to be $12.5 million and in 2014 the facility celebrated its centennial.

According to their website, the mission of the YMCA remains all-encompassing and strong: “In our community, the Y is a leading choice in health and well-being. With a mission centered on balance, the Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters connection through fitness, sports, guidance and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.”

About 15 miles, or just a half hour drive over the Route 80 / Delaware Water Gap Bridge from Blairstown, it offers a myriad of fun and affordable and physically beneficial activities for all ages, including childcare and summer camp. Here are a few:

Kimathi welcomes all to cool down and get fit with expert poses in QiGong. Photo by D.L. Dunn, 10/2023.
Sustaining and breath work through these simple poses helps restore calm and balance to one’s life. Photo by D.L. Dunn, 10/2023.
By popular demand, Lisa offers Aqua Zumba to fun, mostly Latin tunes. She said she just loves to exercise to dance music. It’s fun when she encourages all up front to splash her down during heated workouts. Photo by D.L. Dunn, 11/2023.
The exercise pad was generously donated by a patron after seeing the trainers slipping on the wet floor. Photo by D.L. Dunn, 11 /2023
Simple lap swimming is available in their 80-foot pool, with adaptive equipment and assistance to allow access and greater mobility. Every day, this is available. The pool is scheduled to be expanded to Olympic length. Photo by D.L. Dunn, 11/2023.
Some people spend the whole day at the YMCA, with breaks for showers, weights, saunas or pizza down the block. Photo by D.L. Dunn, 2/2023
Large paddles and large wiffle balls are key to the fun many enjoy at pickleball. Photo by D.L. Dunn, 11/202
Fencing classes are back! A professional in the field, Carrisa teaches how to do all the right moves safely. Photo by D.L. Dunn, 2022.

To learn more about programs at the Y, check out their website: or call 570-421-2525.

Desiree Dunn
Desi L. Dunn, Managing Editor
Managing Editor at Desiree L. Dunn, LLC

Born & educated in NY with an Environmental Science degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Desi's family resides in Hardwick with a young teen and several spoiled pets. Considering northwest Jersey to be a true gem, her commitment to the people and environs is exemplified by the many different jobs she's had - municipal & county official, election clerk, open space plan writer, newspaper & radio journalist, grant writer, events coordinator and farm market manager as well as retail, waitressing, archaeological digger and once for a short while in a very huge warehouse.

Her favorite was as a reporter for many years with the Recorder newspapers, Blairstown Press, Paulinskill Chronicle, Gannett publications plus WNTI Public Radio producing public affairs and human interest stories on-air.

She often has her camera ready to capture interesting people and events. She's thrilled to now serve as RVE's Managing Editor, helping fellow writers hone their skills and show you the issues as well as treasures that exist in North Warren, through their eyes.