Construction on the YMCA of Ardmore is on track to be completed in October — something that has been a long time coming for the community.
“We want the Y to be the people’s Y,” Interim CEO Jana Weichbrodt said. “If you grew up going to the Y then you know there is so much about it that takes you back to your childhood. We have a lot of history here and we want to keep writing that history.”
On Wednesday, crews poured the facility’s new swimming pool — the second pool the now 50,435 square foot facility will feature. In 2016, renovations to the YMCA at 920 15th Avenue NW began and the facility moved to its current temporary Broadway Street location.
Weichbrodt said the temporary location has limited the activities the organization is able to provide for the community because the location lacks a gym and a pool. She said she’s eager for the move to be complete.
The expansion adds 13,000 square feet to the facility, allowing the YMCA to add more programs than ever before. When the YMCA opens it will feature swim lessons year round, water aerobics classes, lock-in events, parties and pickle ball for both adults and youth.
“We’re just trying to get back to what the Y used to be — a place for kids, for families and a place for seniors,” Weichbrodt said. “It will be a whole new dynamic to the Y compared to what it once was.”
Expanding the YMCA has been a project in the making since 2013. Weichbrodt said, at first, the nonprofit only wanted to add a little more space, but with the communities backing “it grew and grew.” Both of the swimming pools will be indoor. In addition, the YMCA will have rooms for group exercise, a cardio room, and free weight room, an air conditioned gym and a multi-purpose room equipped with a coffee bar and ping pong table. Another notable change is that the door has been moved to the east side of the building to accommodate the new grand entrance.
The original parts of the YMCA building were constructed in 1964 and in need of a face life. But Weichbrodt said the heritage of the old YMCA will not be forgotten. The original sign has been preserved and will be featured in the new building to commemorate the long history the facility has had in the community.
In total, the renovations are expected to cost $5.2 million.
“Our updated facility targets families and kids because that’s what the Y is about,” Weichbrodt said.