Tribune-Courier News Editor
DRAFFENVILLE – A long-time business in western Kentucky will be branching into Marshall County in the coming months. Jim Swick, who owns Lakewood Gymnastics with his wife Vicki, are looking to open a new facility in Draffenville before the end of summer.
“Right now we have all the equipment stockpiled in the gym in Draffenville,” Swick said. “We plan on being open the first of August. We’re just anxious to get going.”
Swick said over the years the Mayfield operation had steadily moved closer to Paducah, until they opened the McCracken County facility about three years ago. With the two being close together, Swick said he had originally hoped to relocate to another area of Graves County. The Swicks had tried to negotiate for the former Smith’s Grocery in Mayfield. Unable to reach an agreement with the property management company, Swick said he climbed into his truck and went for a drive. His route brought him to Draffenville where he spotted a for rent sign.
Lakewood Gymnastics of Marshall County will be located On U.S. Hwy 641 in Draffenville next to Bahama Breeze.
Modifications to the building are already under way and expected to be complete in coming weeks. Property owner Dennis Smith will also be adding parking spaces behind the building. Work had to be done to the floor to allow for Lakewood’s unique trampoline system, which is partially above and below ground level. Recessed areas were added for mats and new ventilation systems were installed. Swick said the new site will feature an over-sized spring floor, in-ground resi-pit, tumble-track, trampolines and inflatable.
The new gym space will be approximately 7,200 square feet.
“Mayfield was about 10,000 square feet, but we were only using about 7,500,” Swick said. “We didn’t use all the space.”
Programs will be for participants 3-and-a-half years of age and older. Preschool gymnastics, tumbling and cheer classes will be offered. A power tumbling program may also be offered.
“It’s becoming more and more popular for us,” Swick said. “It’s a growing sport. It’s one you can do along with other sports. We may start a small team here. We’ve been doing it for four years.”
Inflatables will also be featured, Swick said, as rentals for birthday parties have continued to grow in Paducah.
“I know the Marshall County community is all about their kids,” Swick said. “I’ve always been impressed by how involved parents in Marshall County are.”
For more information, visit them online at www.lakewoodgym.com.