Construction continues on the 13,000 square foot expansion expected to open in early 2020 at the Fayette County Family YMCA.
The expansion and programming opportunities are a result of a strategic plan refresh completed by the YMCA staff and board of directors in 2018 followed by an anonymous donation that will cover the full cost of the expansion and equipment. The YMCA Board of Directors will be inviting the public to a grand opening of the expansion as well as a “burning the mortgage” on the original facility in early 2020.
The expansion will include a field house with multi-purpose flooring and four basketball goals, and an additional 4,500 square feet added onto the wellness center. The field house will include a batting cage with a baseball/softball pitching machine and turf flooring surface. The cage can also be used to hit golf balls. The net to the cage can be opened like a curtain, allowing for training on the turf and multi-purpose floor.
The wellness center expansion will include increased space for free weights, as well as dedicated space for functional fitness and high intensity interval training (HIIT) type training. New equipment will be highlighted by a MoveStrong “rig” and Matrix Stepmill. Part of the space will also include an additional multipurpose room with a movable wall that opens up into the expanded wellness center. This will allow for more diverse offerings, including, small group exercise, group exercise classes as well as rentals and creative arts programs.
A dietetic technician will be providing nutrition programs for young athletes and adults, there will be conditioning programs for athletes, and high level instructors will be providing sports specific instruction for baseball, basketball and volleyball. Small group offerings will range from beginner level to those looking to compete in Obstacle Course Racing events. The YMCA will even be hosting a YMCA Combine for kids and adults modeled after the NFL combine.
ABOUT THE YMCA:
Opened in October of 2007, the current facility has enabled the YMCA to serve over 6,000 residents each year, expand child care programming for infants through eighth graders, provide space for aquatic therapy partnerships, and partner with the local schools to have swim teams as a varsity sport. Miami Trace and Washington Court House hosted their first home meet of the season on Nov. 26, with six more home meets scheduled for December and January.
Outdoor athletic field development of the last few years has further increased youth sports participation, including partnerships with other local youth sports organizations. The outdoor space has also served to host, FFA soil competitions and outdoor education opportunities provided by Fayette County Soil and Water.
The YMCA is a 501c3 non-profit organization that depends on support from the community and consists of a 17 member board of directors. For further information you may call 740-335-0477 or go to faycoymca.org.