DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Izell Reese, a Dothan native and former NFL player has been focused on providing opportunities for the youth in the Circle City — as he recently done so with NFL flag.

Now he’s taken a bigger step with hopes to bring a YMCA to the east side of Dothan.

“YMCA is for everybody and its for all ages and it gives you a way to engage in the community and Dothan is a big enough city for it facilitate along with other programs,” Reese said.

The plan is to revitalize the old Grandview Elementary school for a possible YMCA — that will feature a multi-purpose turf field along with a fitness center, and a swimming pool where children can receive swimming lessons.

The city has backed Reese’s initiative since a town hall meeting was held a few months ago regarding the proposed idea, but insisted before moving on they must approve a survey with the community’s support.

Reese said the people have spoken.

“Just under 500 people completed so I have been able to get the results back and I plan on sharing that with the city leadership and community but I will say it was extremely positive,” He said.

Reese said each YMCA is different as its unique to its own community — in fact he says the community was able to chime in on what they would like to see at the YMCA — and not all of the ideas were recreational.

“An event center where people can host and do certain events, educational programs, child care as well as additional opportunities for feeding programs,” He said.

Reese plans to take the positive feedback for the future of a YMCA to the city next week.