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Coming to Johnstown in late 2019/early 2020 is the Johnstown Community YMCA, a hub of activity and connection for all ages. The 55,000- to 65,000-square-foot facility will be located just east of Town Hall on the Mountain View property where the 14- to 16-month construction process will commence in October 2018.

This project began as a Town Council Action Item in 2015 to develop a recreation center action plan, which was confirmed during an April 2016 Town Council meeting when Council voted and unanimously passed Resolution No. 2016-04, Expressing the Commitment of the Town of Johnstown to the Construction of a Community Recreation Center.

“The good citizens of Johnstown have waited a long time for a facility like this, and they deserve it!,” said Town Mayor Scott James.“ Staff and council have been diligent in saving and planning for this facility, and I am thrilled we are able to build it without increasing debt or taxes. I could not be prouder of the design, construction and operational partners we have chosen, and I know we will build a world-class rec-center our citizens can be proud of and enjoy for generations to come.”

In June of 2017, YMCA of Boulder Valley administrators and town leaders signed a memorandum of understanding for the management of the center, and this spring, Town Council selected “Johnstown Community YMCA” as its official name.

“We are honored to take this journey with the Town of Johnstown, and I want to thank the people and leaders of Johnstown for welcoming the Y into their community,” says Chris Coker, YMCA of Boulder Valley President and CEO. “We look forward to providing a wide array of vital services for Johnstown residents, from preschool, swim lessons and summer camps to life-changing fitness and wellness programs. This is an incredible opportunity for the YMCA to support more families, to provide more social opportunities for seniors and to help more children thrive.”

The Town of Johnstown and YMCA of Boulder Valley have been working with Perkins+Will of Denver, project architects, to plan and design the facility.

“When we think of the impact this facility will have on Johnstown residents, it is most important that the building be a true center of the community, full of activity that appeals to all interests, and a design that reflects both the heritage of the Town, but with an eye toward the future – a vibrant recreational complex,” said Chris Kastelic, Principal at Perkins+Will. “The building’s form and warm materials of brick and sandstone, complement Johnstown’s other downtown buildings, while ample windows will glow with activity from morning to evening. We are truly honored to be part of this effort.”

Johnstown Community YMCA members will enjoy fitness and wellness programs, sports programs, camps and youth programs, in addition to swimming pools and aquatics programs. The Johnstown Community YMCA’s extensive aquatics facilities will be utilized for lap swimming, swim lessons, family recreation, swim team and much more.

Parents will especially appreciate the new preschool, which will provide early childhood education, active play and character-focused programming for children ages 2.5 to 6. Preschool registration is anticipated to begin in mid to late 2019.

Amenities include a fitness center with cardio and strength training equipment and weights; basketball gym; indoor running track; classes; indoor cycling; indoor and outdoor group exercise spaces; youth sports programs; child watch (child care while you workout); lap pool; leisure pool, slides, diving boards and splash pad; sauna and steam room; multipurpose fields; preschool; and community event space with catering kitchen.

While membership costs are still being determined, the Johnstown Community YMCA will offer a variety of membership types for individuals, couples and families, as well as corporate, military, SilverSneakers and Silver&Fit memberships. The YMCA also provides financial assistance to those who qualify.

The Town and Johnstown Community YMCA promise to keep you updated on their facebook pages, and Also, feel free to visit the Town’s project updates page at and the Johnstown Community YMCA’s website at for the latest information.

37852166_1105573506261132_7518841014769942528_oRendering - Johnstown Community YMCA-EntryPictured above are renderings of the Johnstown Community YMCA by Perkins+Will.

The Johnstown Senior Center (101 W. Charlotte St.) offers several programs and services, including meals every Wednesday. RSVP by Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Lunch is catered on the second Tuesday of the month, and lunch out is the last Tuesday of the month.

Blood pressure checks – first, third and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 10:30 a.m. Hearing aid cleanings – second Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Wii and pool tournaments – third Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Tai Chi Chih – Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.; Yoga – Tuesdays at 8:15 a.m. and Fridays at 9:15 a.m.; Chair exercise – Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. Fees apply.
Eagles hockey games are offered starting in October

10/13: Breakfast in Estes Park
10/21: U.S. Army Jazz Band
12/1: Johnstown Senior Center’s Annual Christmas Boutique – Vendor booths are still available!
12/10: U.S. Air Force Band
For more information, contact Shirley Newsom-Gamez at 970-587-5251 or  

Fall is a great time to visit the library!  Farm Day, a fun day for families to look at tractors and pet farm animals, will happen Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. On Friday, October 12, from 5-9 p.m., the library will host its first-ever NerdCon! Teens and adults are invited to come in costume for the event—we’ll have food booths, vendors, demonstrations, an author panel—and MORE! For more information, call the library at 587-2459 or visit  

The annual Stitches in Time Quilt and Craft Show will be held at Roosevelt High School on October 27 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Join vendors, quilters and crafters as they share their talents with the community!

We are still looking for a couple of homes for the Holiday Home Tour. Do you like to decorate for Christmas?  Phone us at 970-587-0278 to be included.

Waste Management of Colorado, Inc., raised rates for trash collection and recycling, which went into effect on September 2018 utility bills. For weekly curbside collection of a 95-gallon poly cart, the new rate is $11.14 per month, and the new senior rate (64-gallon poly cart) is $8.18 per month. The new recycling rate is $7.85 per month. Questions regarding the rate increase should be directed to Waste Management at 866-482-6319.

The Town of Johnstown has partnered with Xpress Bill Pay, the premier online bill payment provider, to give residents flexibility in how they pay their utilities. Xpress Bill Pay offers paperless billing, auto pay, email notifications, and much more.
XPRESS BILL PAYSign up by going to our website at Click the “Utility Payments” button on the homepage, or click on the “Online Utility Bill Payment” tab below “Town Services.” You will be directed to the Town of Johnstown’s Xpress Bill Pay website where you can sign up for a free account and pay your bill. 

For technical support, call 1-800-766-2350 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT, Monday through Friday. To pay by phone, call 1-800-720-6847.

Construction of the I-25 North Express Lanes from Johnstown to Fort Collins began in early September, with full closure of the East Frontage Road between CO 392 and Crossroads Boulevard. Construction is expected to be ongoing through Fall 2019 with toll commencement in early 2022. For more information on this project, visit CDOT’s website at

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Commercial development in Johnstown continues to boom, and progress is shown below. Additionally, in 2534, Arby’s and Lift Coffee Bar are in the construction phase, while Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar plans to join 2534 as a tenant as well. Coming soon to Johnstown Plaza are Hobby Lobby, Urban Egg and Raven’s Liquors.