At 810 E. Main St., water is being heated for the Waynesboro YMCA's new 30-by-40-foot warm-water pool.
Full-scale programs for both facilities will begin after the first of the year. Meanwhile, the public is invited to try them out. Residents can call the Y at 1-717-762-6012 or the ice rink at 1-717-762-0900 for schedules.
The Y's new pool costs about $600,000 and is part of an overall $1.3 million expansion and upgrade there, said Richard Marks, executive director.
The rest of the project, which is nearly complete, increased the size of the Y's child care facilities by 1,600 square feet. There is more room for the teen youth center, babysitting center and day care center.
The project also modernized and increased space in fitness centers and administration facilities.
The new pool will free up time in the Y's lap pool.
"We now have pools that offer cooler temperatures for more vigorous exercise and warm water for therapeutic programs," Marks said.
The warm-water pool will be used for the Y's water baby and preschool swim programs, and senior citizen and arthritis fitness programs, Marks said. The pool is equipped with water jets and a handicap lift, he said.
Carol Henicle, executive director of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, said the new Billow ice rink will open Dec. 19 for public skating. It will remain open for the rest of the month for public skating. The figure skating and hockey programs begin in January.
Ground for the $3 million rink was broken in June. Planning for the facility began in 1992 when the will of Doris I. Billow, a Waynesboro-area school teacher, left $500,000 for construction of an ice rink in the Waynesboro area.
The state chipped in $250,000 toward the rink and Cumberland Valley On Ice, the nonprofit agency set up to run the rink, is working to raise $500,000 in donations.
The rest of the money is being borrowed and is to be repaid through user fees, Henicle said.
She said CVOI has raised $488,000 so far, mostly from corporate donations. The agency is making a push for individual donations, she said.
Residents are being asked to donate $1,000 at a rate of $200 a year, she said. The names of donors, or those whose names they designate, will be inscribed in brass on the wall of the rink.
So far, Henicle said, 77 people have signed up.
"We want 100 names," she said.