To the editor:
After growing up in Greenwood, I made the conscious decision to return to Greenwood, buying our next home in February 2010.
Location, location, location are the most important aspects of real estate. The communities of Fishers, Carmel and Plainfield offered family friendly amenities of good quality and still affordable. My husband and I debated the locations of homes, but my love for the city I grew up in prevailed.
One of the first matters of business our family took care of was purchasing our membership to the Greenwood Community Center. Health and wellness is an important part of our family’s life. The YMCA has a southside facility, but their monthly fee has always been so expensive. The Greenwood Community was affordable with just as nice amenities, so the Greenwood Community Center was a perfect fit.
All of our family members were regular attendees of the Greenwood Community Center, and we have built a relationship with the wonderful staff over the three years. Unfortunately, we are saddened that we will not be renewing our family membership since the center is no longer supporting a family rate.
Our family of five would now have to pay $400 per year (two children, a high school senior who just turned 19, my husband and myself) to maintain our membership for 2014. I expected rates to go up, and I believe the rates should be higher, but this new membership rate would be substantially higher that the 2013 rates.
Also, the center is getting into a price range where monthly payment options via bank deduction may need to be considered. Not all families living in Greenwood could easily hand over $400 cash or write a check for $400.
We debated over renewing but talked to other families in the same situation, and they shared with us information on other facilities in the area they were gravitating toward that were offering more family affordable rates.
The cost for our family to renew our membership at the community center was not competitive with places such as The Gathering Place and Planet Fitness. Additionally, these facilities are open longer, which is more conducive to the lifestyle of a busy family that has two working parents.
I am uncertain if the community center is trying to market itself to other customer bases, such as just singles or just seniors rather than families. I hope the Greenwood parks department will consider reinstating the family membership for the center again some day for the families in Greenwood.