Thank you for your participation and community support of The Marsh

Following Ruth Stricker’s passing, her family offered The Marsh as a gift to the Y in the summer of 2020 when the pandemic started. The pandemic brought extraordinary challenges, including changes in membership behavior and a significant reduction in Marsh membership. While we explored opportunities on how to support the community and operate The Marsh in a financially viable manner, our efforts were deeply affected by these changes.

Therefore, we have determined we need to close The Marsh and transition services and operations primarily to the Ridgedale Y, with additional wellbeing offerings at other Y locations. We look forward to supporting you with your participation in YMCA wellness programs and activities such as group exercise, swimming, fitness and ForeverWell.

We are excited to explore all opportunities and innovative ideas for this unique site. The value realized from the sale of the property will be invested in our wellbeing initiative.

Thank you for your support and understanding. Your Y is committed to you and the community to provide support with programs and services that help you and your neighbors thrive.

Ruth Stricker and The Marsh Legacy

Ruth Stricker was a pioneer and international spokesperson for the mindbody connection. With a global view, Ruth fully integrated Eastern and Western philosophies into her professional and personal life. In her words, “The resiliency of the human spirit makes it possible for us to find a sense of wellbeing in our lives. Our challenge is to be emotionally resilient and physically healthy to handle the changes and stress.”

We remain focused on providing wellbeing services that support and build community outside the walls of a traditional Y location through new places, programs and platforms. Ruth Stricker’s gift will be invested in the Y’s wellbeing initiative where all are welcome and her legacy will be honored and preserved through complementary wellbeing initiatives at and through the Y.

Ruth Stricker


Y Membership and Program Participation

Y Membership and Program Participation

We remain committed to helping you with your wellbeing needs and hope that we can continue to support you. The Y has many fitness and wellbeing centers across the metro area and while the closest to The Marsh is the Ridgedale Y in Minnetonka, a YMCA of the North membership encompasses all locations noted here If you are interested in joining or participating virtually, please reach out to us and we can share options.

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