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Waynesboro YMCA makes room for expansion

January 28, 1997

By LISA GRAYBEAL

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A new warm water swimming pool, child care center and expanded multi-use parking lot should be completed by the fall of this year, marking the end of Waynesboro YMCAs $1.1 million construction and renovation project that began in 1995.

Workers are expected to break ground for the final stage of the project as soon as the weather allows, said Dick Marks, director of the YMCA at 810 E. Main St.

"It's particularly important to have the child care center finished by the fall," since there will be a demand for it when school starts, Marks said.

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An additional 2,400 square feet will be added to the existing youth center in the front of the building to become the new child care center, Marks said. It will hold a baby-sitting room and the Y's Nest Preschool, a nine-month program for children ages 3 and 4. There are 80 children now enrolled in that program.

YMCA officials also are considering plans to offer before- and after-school child care there, Marks said.

The new 30-by-40-foot warm water swimming pool will be constructed on the other side of the existing 25-meter, six-lane pool. The depth of the pool gradually will slope from 3.5 feet to 5.5 feet, Marks said.

The new pool will be used primarily for therapy, senior citizen exercises and to teach babies and toddlers how to swim, freeing up the other pool for general use, he said.

"The `Y' is great," said Kathy Miller of Waynesboro, perched on the balcony overlooking the pool as she watched her son and daughter learn to swim. "The kids like to come. It gives them something to do."

YMCA officials are considering plans to include an in-line skating park as part of the expanded parking lot. The idea is meant to attract young teens, Marks said.

"We're looking to do more for middle school-aged children," he said.

Youths ages 6 to 18 years old make up 41 percent of the membership at the YMCA. Fifty-four percent of participants in the various programs are youngsters, Marks said.

Most of the renovations at the YMCA were finished in the fall last year and have already been put to good use.

"They really did a lot. It makes it a lot better," said Thomas Kline, 23, of Waynesboro, who works out in the recently expanded free weights room five days a week. "At night it gets crowded, but now you can spread out."

The weight room is now twice as big as before. Some new equipment and more weights were added and the older pieces were refurbished, Kline said. Mirrors and ceiling fans also were installed.

A new fitness studio added to the YMCA includes a "neo-shock" floor and booming sound system, Marks said. A variety of aerobics classes are held in there.

The YMCAs fitness center was updated with $25,000 worth of new equipment, including treadmills, stair climbers, exercise bikes and 12 Nautilus machines.

The Waynesboro YMCA opened in 1915 on North Potomac Street in a building that's now Trinity House Apartments.

The new facility was built in 1975 on 10 acres. The first expansion, completed in 1985, included doubling the size of the gymnasium, Marks said. There were 1,900 members at that time.

Now, with 2,500 full-time members, Marks said improvements were needed again.

"The thing that really drives this project is the growth in membership," he said.

The Waynesboro YMCA is open Monday through Thursday from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. It is closed Sundays.

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