The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has operated the Baxter facility on the southside for a generation. But for many Johnson County residents, the drive north is hard to justify.
For that reason, Y leaders have wanted to open a facility in Johnson County for several years. They have looked at locations along State Road 135 in the Center Grove area, first a site near Whiteland Road and then one near Stones Crossing Road. In both cases, the land would be expensive because of its commercial potential.
Now the Y is considering building one at Freedom Park in Greenwood. The 79-acre park is at Stop 18 and Averitt roads on the city’s southwest side.
Johnson County’s population growth made it a target for expansion, Baxter YMCA executive director Danielle Tippett said. The nonprofit is always looking to grow and offer its health and wellness services to more people, she said.