When plans began to bring in Guymon Petro and Long Branch Lagoon, some other relocations took place for local programs.

At a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, Flip Zone Gymnastics and Dodge City Diamonds welcomed the community to their new facilities located near Dodge City YMCA.

The buildings were part of the relocation of the Chaffin Building that had been located near what is now Guymon Petro.

"It is a great day in Dodge City," City Commissioner Joyce Warshaw said. "We are really excited to be housing Flip Zone and Dodge City Diamonds and it couldn't have been done without the city and gaming proceeds along with the YMCA of southwest Kansas and Boot Hill Casino and Resort."

According to their Facebook page, Flip Zone Gymnastics offers gymnastic classes for all children ages 3 and up. There are recreation classes as well as a competition team.

The Dodge City Diamonds is a competitive cheerleading team who travel across the state and country for competitions.

"When we first started at Hennessy Hall we had used mats along the floor," said Sarah Doll-Heeke. "We were housed together with Flip Zone at the old All for Fun for awhile and like them our teams have grown.

"Now that we have separate buildings we will be able to grow both programs even more."

In a press release, YMCA Branch Executive Director Jackie Regan said, "They needed a space of their own and we’re looking forward to having both organizations on site.

"They are strong programs and we’re proud to be involved with them."

YMCA of Southwest Kansas CEO Chad Knight added, "This is a great opportunity for all of us.

"This started out as a 5-year plan and we keep moving forward but the best thing is for the kiddos.

"It gives them all more space and more opportunities and is a great setup.

"We cannot thank everyone enough for these partnerships."

Director of Diamond Athletics Valerie Heston said, "We started out 12 years ago and since then we have had 48 kids go off to college through our program, 12 that went to Div. I schools.

"We have a great staff and great coaches.

"It's amazing."

For more information about Flip Zone Gymnastics, visit their Facebook page at, facebook.com/FlipZoneGymnastics/.

To learn more about Diamond Athletics visit their website at dodgecitydiamonds.com.

To contact the writer email vmarshall@dodgeglobe.com