The Landing Has Arrived!
By Becky Zelent M.Ed., Program Director for The Landing
New Adventures for Adults 55+! That is the tag line for the new activity center geared for adults age 55 and older called The Landing. Located within the Wausau Branch of the Woodson YMCA, The Landing is a separate dedicated space, where people can play, learn, and socialize, making and maintaining connections that are vital for good physical and spiritual health.
There has been a great deal of positive interest from the Wausau community regarding The Landing and with it, many questions. We’d like to answer some of the most common questions in order to help you feel informed.
Q: When is The Landing open?
A: The Landing opens its doors on Oct. 7 and will be open Mon-Fri 8:00am – 6:30pm and on Saturdays from 8:00am – 4:00pm. There will be additional hours if specific programming is held. For example: A Sunday tailgate party followed by watching a Packer Game.
Q: What kinds of activities will you be holding once you’re open?
A: We will host a variety of game opportunities such as Mahjong, billiards, ping pong, cribbage, bridge, card and board games, etc. We will also help you grow and learn by offering presentations on Medicare, health, technology, as well as offering arts and crafts, movies, pot luck lunches, and other fun activities. We will continue to offer day and overnight trips, with reduced pricing for Social and All Access members.
Q: Will I have to be a YMCA member in order to use The Landing?
A: You will have to be a Landing Member or purchase a day pass. There will be 2 forms of membership: A Social Membership ($20/month) for 55+ with access to all classes, activities, and events offered in The Landing located on the ground level; An All Access Membership ($44.10/month) for 55+ with full access to both YMCA branches, exercise classes, pools, wellness center, pickleball, etc. Current YMCA members age 55+ will automatically get switched to The Landing Full Access Membership in October at no additional charge.
Q: Can I become a member at The Landing if I have an insurance benefit such as Silver Sneakers, Silver & Fit, or Optum?
A: Absolutely! These benefits will allow you to become an All Access Member. Stop at the front desk to sign up if you’re not already a member of the Y.
Q: What if I don’t have an insurance benefit and can’t afford the membership?
A: Membership is affordable to all. No one will be turned away regardless of ability to pay. If this is your situation, we encourage you to make an appointment to discuss our Community Supported Membership Program.
Q: Will The Landing be open on Holidays?
A: Since many are loneliest on holidays, there will be special holiday hours and activities planned.
Q: How can I know what is being scheduled at The Landing?
A: You can sign up for our newsletter by calling: 715-841-1855 or go online to our website: thelandingwausau.com. We’re also on Facebook.
We hope you’ve found these questions and answers helpful. Tell your friends and stop down for a visit after October 7th. We’d love to show you around!