Sunday, June 17, 2001

YMCA sets for expansion

New pool twice as big; more upgrades coming

By Anna Guido
Enquirer Contributor

        LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — The Lakota YMCA is growing again.

        When summer ends, construction crews with bulldozers and backhoes will begin a major transformation.

        At an estimated cost of $1.5 million, the Y's outdoor swimming pool will be enclosed, and a new, larger outdoor pool will be built.

[photo] John Schaller, executive director of the Lakota YMCA, will supervise enclosure of the outdoor pool as part of the Y's expansion project.
(Craig Ruttle photo)
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        “We're excited about this because it's been a long time coming - being able to afford this,” YMCA board president Greg Amend said.

        The Lakota Y, 6703 Yankee Road, opened in 1993 and its membership is about 800, executive director John Schaller said.

        The swimming pool project will be the Y's most expensive project to date. But once completed, it will open up a host of new programs.

        “It will provide a linkage to the school because it will enable us to be host to the Lakota High School swim teams,” Mr. Schaller said. Neither high school has a pool. “It also will allow us to expand the Y's current summer swim team to a year-round program.”

        Capital campaign dollars and a loan will cover the project's cost, Mr. Amend said.

        The new outdoor pool, to be built on the Y's north lot, will be more than twice the size of the existing pool and have water-play features and zero-depth entry.

        “Our plan is to have everything done by next Memorial Day,” Mr. Amend said.

        Future plans include a second-floor running track in the gymnasium, a senior citizens center, game room and indoor playland.

        Lakota YMCA officials eventually want to double the size of facility to more than 100,000 square feet.

        For more information about the swimming pool project or Lakota Y programs, call the Y at 779-3917.

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