Contact Us

  • Phone: (620) 331-0260

  • Fax: (620) 331-3495

  • Address: 1501 North 10th ST, Independence, Kansas 67301

Welcome to the Ash Youth Center

About the Ash Youth Center

The Glen Ash Youth Center resulted from the generosity of former residents Glen and Virginia Ash and is dedicated to the youth of Independence. The center is publicly supported with operating expenses divided among the City of Independence, Unified School District 446 and the Independence-USD 446 Recreation Commission.

Ash Center Memberships

A membership is required to use the Ash Center. Funds generated through memberships are used to offset operating expenses. Memberships are good for a full year upon purchase. Your membership entitles you to the use of the building during normal operational hours. This includes the use of the youth center area, gymnasium, and Ash pool for adult swim only.  Members holding a Family Membership will also receive a 25% discount on sports registration fees.* A membership is not required to participate in an enrolled IRC activity held in the building. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult while using the center.

*This is not applicable to programs that require paid instructors (swim lessons, tennis, clinics).

Membership Types Information District Price
Daily Pass For those without a membership, daily passes are available $3
Youth Membership Students who are 8 years old through ICC students $35
Adult Membership Adults over the age of 18 who are not enrolled in school $80
Family Membership Up to six individuals in the same immediate family living in the same household.  Additional members are available at a rate of $5 each.  Guest passes are available for out of town visitors. $100

If you have questions or comments feel free to contact us between 9am and 5pm weekdays at (620) 331-0260, message us on Facebook, or email at


Ash Center Hours of Operation

  M-F Sat Sun
Summer (Memorial Day- Labor Day) 6am-5pm Closed Closed
Winter (Labor Day- Memorial Day) 6am-9pm 1pm-9pm 1pm-6pm

Professional Staff

Brent Julian Director of Recreation / Aquatics
Lori Bromley Office
Nick McBride Director of Sports
Simon Heckman Program
Jim Butts Maintenance Supervisor
Paula Ballew Maintenance

IRC Board Members

Christy Mavers Chairperson
Ron Goins Vice-Chairperson
Tony Turner Secretary
Tony Holmes Member
Danny Johnston Member