By Carolyn Marnon – HYPE celebrates successes of their first year in Wayne“Together, We Rise” is the theme of HYPE Recreation Center of Western Wayne as they celebrate one year in the old Wayne Rec Center building.
HYPE CEO Ali Sayed spoke before the Wayne City Council recently about the changes that have already been made at the center and changes that are on the horizon. HYPE has found much success with the 3 new hardwood basketball courts that replaced the old ice rink. The ice facility was costing $25,000 per month; the basketball courts cost 25% of that to operate.
Since HYPE has opened, they average 174 visitors per day. This does not include visitors that attend the pool and birthday parties. Although they had hoped to have 1500 membership contracts by the one-year mark, they did reach 1128 contracts with 1700-1800 members total (this includes families).
Members of HYPE can work out, swim, play basketball and participate in the social services that are offered. This fall, the after-school tutoring program will begin. They are also starting a competitive swim team and are launching a volleyball program.
HYPE is currently looking into solar energy for the center.
HYPE has faced several challenges during the last year. The first one concerns a misunderstanding of their price points. Ali asks that you call HYPE and let them determine the most affordable plan for you. Families are not all the same and you could get a rate cheaper than what you expected. The second challenge is that the restaurant has not yet opened. It is fully equipped and ready to open; a date has not yet been set. HYPE is currently looking for cooks and kitchen staff.
HYPE is also looking for maintenance/custodial staff and for a park attendant. If you are interested in applying for any of these jobs, contact HYPE at (734) 721-7400.
At the anniversary dinner in August, HYPE presented awards to The Arc of Western Wayne, Healthy Wayne Communities and The Family Resource Center for the work they all do with the community.