Bossier City Council to hear proposal Tuesday on building new YMCA in North Bossier

The Bossier City Council will hear a presentation Tuesday, Dec. 7 regarding the building of a new YMCA in the North Bossier Park.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held at 3 p.m. at the Municipal Complex located at 620 Benton Road.  The YMCA of Northwest Louisiana is in favor of the project and would like to publicly share their perspective. Please see

The proposal, by CEO of the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana Gary Lash, is that Bossier City will build and own the YMCA and operated by the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana.

Once approved, it will take approximately 12-18 months to construct the new YMCA. The YMCA of Northwest Louisiana estimates more than 150 jobs will be created at the YMCA in Bossier City.

In the discussed proposal the Bossier City YMCA will be 65,000 Square feet and contain a 50-meter Pool, Family Pool, Basketball Gym, Exercise Studios, Indoor Walking Track, Cardio and Strength Equipment, Conference Room and Child Watch. Bossier Parks and Recreation will have access to utilize the YMCA for its youth sports programs including basketball and volleyball

An emailed press release from the YMCA cites the growth of north Bossier City as a reason for the new facility and says its quality of life and economy would be boosted with the new facility. The release goes on to state there will be a $6-7M per year economic impact

“The Y will create jobs and draw countless families over numerous weekends, due to swim meets and other sports tournaments, to eat in Bossier City restaurants, shop in Bossier City shops and stay in Bossier City hotels. Even if Bossier City were only looking at the Y from the standpoint of a return on investment, building a new Y in North Bossier would be an astute and sound business decision,” the release said.

The release cites a March poll that named Shreveport-Bossier the fifth most obese metro area in the country. 

“It is alarming and not something you ever want to hear about the place where you have put down roots and decided to call home. We have to address this problem. Otherwise, long-term, we are going to face great difficulty recruiting people to come here and finding ways to retain them if they decide to come.  It is from a quality of life perspective, in which Bossier City needs to evaluate building a Y in North Bossier,” the release said.

The YMCA proposed the following quality of life enhancements: 

  • A water safety program for every Bossier Parish second grader
  • Child watch that allows parents to leave their kids in a safe and monitored environment while they can take a group exercise class or work out
  • Summer Camps that will keep your kids active and get them outdoors
  • Programs and events for those with special needs
  • Countless wellness programming for kids, teens and adults
  • Numerous events that build community and bring people together

The release from the YMCA noted that a reduction of physical education with more time spent on electronica media increases the need for facilities like itself.

“As physical education classes are being cut across the schools and our kids are spending more time with electronic media and less time on physical activity, our community needs YMCAs more than ever.  Bossier City has been discussing the prospect of building a Y in the city for many years. Now is the time to move forward,” said the release. “The city needs to capitalize on the incredible momentum and wonderful staff that the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana has been able to create with the addition of the BHP Y and bring this quality of life to its citizens. It is additions like a Y in Bossier City that ultimately will determine whether Bossier City is great for generations to come.”

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