By Sam Wildow
TROY — Shane Carter, executive director of the Lincoln Community Center, gave a presentation to the Troy City Council this week on the center, encouraging individuals to take part in the center and get a membership.
Carter, who has been the center’s executive director for over 10 years, went over the center’s history, including how it dates back to 1865 when it was a one-room school house, named after President Abraham Lincoln. Now, the center serves people from all over the region, including from Russia and Lima, as well as the Dayton, Springfield, and Greenville areas.
Carter encouraged the city of Troy, city staff, and City Council members to use the center, which has a membership cost of $10 a month for adults. For everyone 21 years old and younger, membership is free.
“I think that’s pretty awesome. Our board committed to that,” Carter said.
The 40,000-square-foot center includes a pool, gymnasium, a computer lab with wifi, an art studio, and more. They also offer exercise classes, such as for yoga, spin classes, zoomba, and more. The center also provides meeting space to non-profit organizations at no cost.
The center also has approximately 480 kids in their basketball league, providing a space for those kids to play in addition to receiving other programming at the center. They currently have over 90 kids registered in the Lincoln Community Center’s after school program.
The Lincoln Community Center is also planning more community partnerships in 2022, such as with the the Dayton Children’s Hospital and Premier Health’s Upper Valley Medical Center.
The center is currently running a membership drive this month where a year’s membership cost is $100.
“We’re trying to grow our membership base. That’s important to us,” Carter said. He added that the center “is important to so many people” in asking for the City Council members’ support of the center.
The Lincoln Community Center is located at 110 Ash St. in Troy. For more information, visit lcctroy.org or call (937) 335-2715.