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TEENS: There are many reasons why you should use Streator Y

Ben Donner
Ben Donner

“It’s fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A!”

If you guessed this column is about the YMCA, you win, um, the privilege of reading this article.

On my visits to the Y, I like to play basketball and occasionally swim. However, they offer so much more now, like zumba, yoga and Streator Y's new Wellness Center. The Wellness Center looks beautiful, and I am definitely going to have to check it out again and go lift some weights and exercise with my dear friend Riley Cole.

The Streator Y also has recently added not just the Wellness Center, it has added the Youth Action Arcade. The Youth Action Arcade is for 7- to 13-year-olds, but it looks pretty nice and it’s open every weekday from 5 to 8 p.m.  

At the YMCA, there are a variety of parties you could put on, and it also runs preschool morning classes from 9 a.m. to noon (for all the parents reading this, you know who you are). The Streator Y is also now open 24/7 to all of you who are 18 years and older, because who doesn’t want to exercise at 2 in the morning?  

The YMCA has changed a lot from 1892 to 2019 (that’s 127 years). Check that if you want, but it’s right. The YMCA has been through disbandment in 1908 and re-incorporated on June 10, 1914 — that’s six years without a YMCA in Streator. In 1976, the Y built its new building at 10 Oakley Ave., and then in May 1978, the new building opened to the public. In January 2012, the YMCA renovated the pool to install specific drains for your safety, and in April 2012, the new pool reopened to the public. In 2015, racquetball was discontinued. Finally, in 2017, the facility received a $1 million grant through OSF HealthCare to go toward building an addition, aiding in better health and wellness for the community.

Think about this: the YMCA is upgrading its building for you and all of the different programs its offers, but they don’t have to do any of it. They are doing everything for your benefit. Remember, the YMCA doesn’t have to be located in Streator.

The last thing I will leave you with is: The membership prices are great. For a family with two adults, it is $45 per month, and for a family with one adult, it is $35 per month. The benefits for having a membership include land-based group exercise, ActivTrax workout tracking app, Child Watch, four-week Smart Start orientation program with wellness coach, lower membership rates, lower prices on programs and group exercise, member-only nights and events and wifi access.

So yeah, it’s probably worth signing up for a membership. So anyway, with so much to do at the YMCA, why wouldn’t you want to get physically fit?

The Streator Y’s website is, and the phone number is 815-672-2148.

Now I hope to see all of you at the YMCA in the upcoming days, weeks and/or months. As always, I am Ben10 — I won’t charge for autographs, and I am signing out.

BEN DONNER is a junior at Streator High School. To contact him, email Assistant Editor Julie Barichello at

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