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Local YMCAs to offer lower membership rates in 2012

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  December 28, 2011 02:24 PM

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This promotional video, featured on the YMCA of Greater Boston's website, shows a montage of services each branch provides.

Starting Jan. 1 thirteen YMCAs in the greater Boston area will offer reduced membership rates in 2012.

Each YMCA will feature different prices, based on the income level of the area, according to a YMCA spokesperson.

In a promotional video, YMCA Greater Boston President and CEO Kevin Washington said the organization is lowering rates because access to a healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, regardless of economic circumstances.

Each branch targeted its largest demographic in the rate reductions, according to the spokesperson.

Waltham adults and young adults will enjoy a $6 per month saving, while many other category rates stay the same.

The Charles River YMCA in Needham cut prices for savings of up to $8, where adults can enroll for $50 and young adults for $40.

In inner city areas, savings can climb to $40 per month, such as the Huntington branch in the South End, where couples can enroll for $57 per month, rather than the 2011 rate of $96.

Adults and young adults can save $8 per month on membership at the Oak Sqaure YMCA for $40 or $50 per month respectively, while West Roxbury's branch features a $6 savings for adults at $50 per month.

East Boston and Charlestown feature a new young adult category, with a membership rate at $30 per month, which is $10 cheaper than membership for adults. Household and couple Roxbury memberships decreased $5 each.

In Dorchester, senior memberships were slashed nearly in half to $18 per month, while couples save $20 and one- and two-parent households decreased to $45 and $55 per month, respectively.

For more information, visit the Greater Boston YMCA's website,

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