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Johnsons join children for opening of new YMCA gym

Posted: July 18, 2012 - 10:52pm
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Child Care Director at the Brainerd Lakes YMCA Christa Andersen hands Martin Hastings to Arnie Johnson during the celebration of the Johnson's donation to remodel the YMCA gymnasium Wednesday. For more photos go to spotted.brainerddispatch.com.  Steve Kohls/Brainerd Dispatch
Steve Kohls/Brainerd Dispatch
Child Care Director at the Brainerd Lakes YMCA Christa Andersen hands Martin Hastings to Arnie Johnson during the celebration of the Johnson's donation to remodel the YMCA gymnasium Wednesday. For more photos go to spotted.brainerddispatch.com.

Wednesday morning Arnie and Jo Ann Johnson were surrounded by children running and playing in the newly remodeled Brainerd Family YMCA Gymnasium they helped finance. Their gift of $100,000 toward the $130,000 cost of renovation included installation of a new maple wood floor, two-lane walking/running track around the perimeter, new ceiling fans, removal of the old floor, a floor scrubber and new basketball rims and padding.

Over 90 children enrolled in the YMCA programs, which include Day Camp, childcare and Kid’s Kastle, burst onto the new floor to the delight of Arnie and Jo Ann Johnson. While the Johnsons were at the opening ceremony they decide to donate $1,500 to purchase additional trikes for the childcare kids to use in the gym on the new walking/running track.

Forty years ago, the opening of the new gymnasium was celebrated with children running through banners onto the gym floor.

Additional donations are welcome to cover the remaining costs. For more information call the YMCA at 829-4767.