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YMCA's renovation journey: Part I

The Harrodsburg Herald of Harrodsburg, Kentucky

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$1.1 Million Renovations Were a Must for YMCA's Survival

In February 2013 the Wilderness Trace YMCA had a choice, to move or expand. Being one of the smallest YMCAs in the state, they were forced to offer many services out of house, one of a few YMCAs in the country to do so. Programs like after school care, summer day camps and swim lessons were held off site. Other programs like youth sports, gymnastics, and daycare were able to be held at the North College Street building, but were still hindered by the lack of space and outdated facilities.

To help the YMCA better provide ongoing services and develop new programs they felt the community was in desperate need of, a Major Capital Committee was formed to see what options the Y had.

After several meetings, and input from members of the community, the "Building a Healthier Tomorrow" campaign was created to help the Y achieve its goal of providing better services for not only Mercer, but its surrounding counties. The campaign was divided into two phases.

The first was a massive renovation project that would totally transform the historic building.

Renovations would include a fitness and exercise area, a child watch area, locker rooms, a control entry point and a storage area in the lower level of the building.

In the upper level, the YMCA would restore the basketball floor and insulate the ceiling in the gymnasium, update the bathrooms and construct a new office for the program director.

Other renovations would include the installation of an elevator, construction of a more accessible parking lot, installation of energy efficient windows, a new HVAC system and new finishes and fixtures.

The second phase of the project involved construction of an aquatic center.

Committee members felt these renovations would allow the YMCA to better serve the community with more programs to more residents in a more welcoming environment.

The next part of the Y's journey was figuring out how the organization would raise with the $1.1 Million needed to make these renovation ideas a reality.

(Editors note: Read the "YMCA's renovation journey: Part II in the Oct. 15 edition of The Harrodsburg Herald.")

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Original Publication Date: October 8, 2015

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