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New YMCA Project Officially Underway, Ground Broken Monday

Posted: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 at 6:27 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

Hard hats and golden shovels were on site Monday for the official groundbreaking of the new Washington YMCA project. CEO Amy Schulte, along with donors, board members, and Chamber representatives turned over the dirt. Phase one of the project is $9.6 million and is being funded by donations and grants from private donors and gifts, including grants from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation and Enhance Iowa. All of those who have given to the project were thanked at Monday’s ceremony.

Rachel Nicola who has championed the project since 2012 spoke to those who gathered, “When we first announced that this project was our goal people said, ‘It’s a really long way there.’ And we said, ‘No, it’s not.’ We thought they were talking about the eight blocks between the old building and the new one, and I think they were perhaps predicting that we had a lot to do and we didn’t realize that, but what a joyous thing it is to be here today. I know I speak for all of the fundraising committee, and I think I probably speak for the board too when I say thank you to all of you. Thank you for being friends to the Washington YMCA, friends stick with friends and you have stuck with this project even when it didn’t look certain. And friends celebrate with friends when a goal is reached, and that’s why you’re here this morning, thank you for that. And friends share friends’ vision. And you have shared our vision, so thanks for sharing the realization of what Washington YMCA can be to this area, to enhance our mission with a new building, to assure that the youth services, and that healthy living, and that social responsibility will continue in an even better way. Thank you.”

The first phase will include a full gymnasium, indoor walking track, exercise space, and meeting rooms. Phase two will include the addition of a pool. The new facility will be constructed on West 5th Street in Washington, adjacent to where the City is developing a Wellness Park.