The Zanesville/Muskingum County community was without a public/community indoor pool or recreation facility since the old YMCA, located on South 5th Street in downtown Zanesville, was demolished 30 years ago. It is hard to find another city in Ohio the size of Zanesville that does not have such a facility. Over the years, several attempts were made to secure such a facility through tax levies, bond issues and private means. However, these attempts were not successful due to the expense of such a project as well as disagreement over where the facility should be located.
The Muskingum Recreation Center (MRC) is a non-profit corporation organized in June of 2009. Although Muskingum Recreation Center’s existence is brief, the four entities that came together to form this partnership, the Muskingum County Community Foundation (MCCF), the Muskingum Family Y (MFY), Genesis HealthCare System and Ohio University Zanesville (OUZ), have a long history of service to Muskingum County and its residents. In January of 2009 individuals from the four entities came together and began to work collaboratively on a plan to construct an indoor community pool and recreation center for the residents of Muskingum County. During this three year period, the partners worked with a consultant to develop a complete business plan for a 100 % self-sustaining Aquatic/Recreation Center. Additionally, focus groups and community surveys were conducted to ensure that once it is completed, the facility will meet the expectations of those it will serve.
The facility is located on the Ohio University Zanesville/Zane State Campus and is open to the public. The facility’s main activities include promoting health and wellness through recreational, fitness, and educational programming to a multi-generational population from infants through senior citizens.
The Muskingum Recreation Center and its partners, Genesis HealthCare System, Muskingum County Community Foundation, Muskingum Family Y and Ohio University Zanesville, are dedicated to providing residents and visitors a safe, clean, and well-maintained facility that promotes health, education, and recreation through a network of quality programs, activities, and amenities that strengthen the individual, family, and community, both now and for future generations.