Soon Childs Park and southwestern St. Pete residents will have a satellite city hall at the local YMCA. This past week, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg jointly announced they would open a Childs Park YMCA satellite office at 691 43rd Street South.
"We're here to serve the people of the Sunshine City. That's why partnering with the YMCA to provide better access to City Hall is a fantastic opportunity," explained Mayor Rick Kriseman following the announcement.
"At the Y, we believe that strengthening the community happens when we work together," added David Jezek, President/CEO of the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg. "We value our strong partnership with the city of St. Petersburg, and believe that our community will certainly benefit from this improved accessibility."
Nikki Gaskin-Capehart, St. Petersburg's Director of Urban Affairs, David Flintom, Director of the Mayor's Action Center, and Small Business Liaison Jessica Eilerman will work at the Childs Park YMCA from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. The mayor's office promises another satellite office at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Avenue South "in the near future."
In addition to the government-sponsored services, the Childs Park YMCA offers fitness training, parenting workshops, teen advisory councils, and afterschool care (among other programs). The YMCA makes its services available to everyone and does not deny people because of their inability to pay for those services.