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East Triangle YMCA at Flowers Plantation
YMCA receives gift of building
By Scott Bolejack
sbolejack@johnstonianews.com | 919-424-1776
CLAYTON — The YMCA has long had a presence in Johnston County.
What it hasn’t had is a building — until now.

Earlier this fall, Flowers Plantation developer Rebecca Flowers donated the community’s Pineville Club fitness center to the YMCA of the Triangle.

“We have been dreaming of a permanent home in Johnston County for more than 25 years,” Bruce Ham, the Y’s chief development officer, said during a celebration in late September. “The gift of this facility makes that

The Y has owned land elsewhere in Johnston County for nearly 20 years. “When we purchased the land on Powhatan Road in 2001, we had hopes of building a YMCA facility there,” said Jennifer Nelson, vice president of marketing and communications for the YMCA of the Triangle.

The Y did its homework before saying yes, Nelson said. “Prior to taking ownership, we vetted the property and viability of successfully running a Y at that location,” she said.

But those hopes never came to fruition, and instead, that land has played host to fields for youth sports.

With the gift of the Pineville Club, the Y has a 20,000-square-foot building with three pools and a 10,000- square-foot fitness center.

“The generous gift of the former Pineville Club will provide a significant opportunity to serve the broader community and the families of Johnston County through expanded YMCA health and wellness programs,” Nelson

With the transfer of ownership, the building has a new name — East Triangle YMCA.

“In October, we began renovations to the facility and hope to open in early 2021,” Nelson said.

The Y will offer a variety of membership categories and rates — from young adults to families to seniors, Nelson said. “We look forward to inviting former Pineville Club members and everyone in the community to be a part of
our Y,” she said.

The Flowers community reached out to the Y several months ago about donating the Pineville Club, Nelson said. “The growth in that area of Johnston County made the offer very attractive,” she said.
The former Pineville Club, now the East Triangle YMCA, has a 10,000 square-foot fitness center and indoor and outdoor pools.
Nelson would not disclose the value of the gift. “While we can’t speak to the specific dollar value, this is one of the most considerable gifts the YMCA of the Triangle has received,” she said.

The YMCA entered Johnston County more than two decades ago, offering youth sports, after-school programs and a summer day camp.

“Currently, the Y offers youth soccer, flag football, basketball and T-ball throughout the year,” Nelson said. Also, the Y offers after-school programs at River Elementary, Riverwood Middle and River Dell Elementary schools, she noted.

“During the summer, we offer YMCA Summer Day Camp at East Clayton Elementary and Cleveland Middle School,” Nelson said.

The name East Triangle YMCA is meant to convey a message, Doug McMillan, president and CEO of the YMCA of the Triangle, said during the celebration in September. “It speaks to the ambition of the people of Johnston County,” he said. “It’s not the Clayton Y or the Johnston County Y. It’s the East Triangle Y, and that represents the spirit of expanded service throughout the community.”

Melissa Oliver will serve as executive director of the East Triangle Y. She was most recently a vice president in Financial development.

To sign up for updates on the East Triangle YMCA, go to ymcatriangle.org/easttriangle.
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DECEMBER 5 | 11am-2pm
The holiday season is here and we're celebrating at Forrest at Flowers Plantation. Unwrap the gift of a new Meritage home at our newest community in Clayton. Join us for a special VIP home tour to meet with our sales team, learn more about our beautifully-designed floorplans and our signature energy-efficient features. While you're here, enjoy a warm cup of hot cocoa with all the fixins' and delicious bites from the CockADoodleMoo food truck. You don't want to miss this special event.

Visit us at your leisure without the worry of a crowd. We will be following recommended guidelines for safety and social distancing during this event and at all times.

Flowers Plantation would like to thank the great staff at Publix for the guided tour today prior to their Grand Opening tomorrow. A special shout out to Sean Madden, Store Manager, and Kim Reynolds, Community Relations Manager, for their warm hospitality. Our community, and even the entire Johnston County, is excited to welcome them to our area as we have all been anxiously awaiting Opening Day!

Be sure to look for their weekly buy-one get-one free items throughout the store and at the end of the aisles. To get a jump start on savings, activate a Club Publix account to view their weekly ads one day early.
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