A new Youth Development and Aquatic Center is underway.
On October 18, 2016, the Regional Y broke ground on our new Youth Development and Aquatic Center, which will expand our programs and services in a variety of ways.
This long anticipated first step means that the dream of increasing our impact in the community is about to become a reality. It’s always been our intention to make the outdoor Olympic-size pool available for year-round use, which will be accomplished in two phases.
Phase I of the project began in late fall of 2016 with the demolition of the pool house, making way for the construction of our new Youth Development and Aquatic Center building. This structure will house new showers, bathrooms and a lobby, and is expected to be completed for summer 2017.
The installation of a 15,500 sq ft bubble enclosure over the pool in fall 2017 will make it available for year-round use, enabling the Y’s popular aquatics and water safety programs to increase capacity. We’ll be able to provide swim lessons to hundreds more, giving children the sense of achievement that comes from learning to swim, building both strong swimmers and confident kids.
This is a very important and exciting time, and a major step in the long-range strategic plan for the Regional YMCA. While we still have more to do, the successful conclusion of the project is that much closer and we’re very excited about the opportunities this major improvement will provide for our YMCA and the Greater Danbury community.