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I am curious why there is no YMCA in Lawrence. With everyone wanting more recreation facilities it seems odd there is not one here. They are usually very affordable and nice facilities.

The YMCA explored the possibility of locating in Lawrence at least 15 years ago and decided not to, said Ernie Shaw, interim director of the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department. The YMCA decided there wasn't necessarily a void of recreation activities for it to fill that the city wasn't already providing or wasn't being provided by other organizations, such as the Boys and Girls clubs and Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Shaw said. Attempts to contact YMCA officials in the Kansas City area for comment were unsuccessful.


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