YMCA set to break ground for expansion

May 12, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro YMCA has planned a groundbreaking ceremony for Saturday, May 20, at 9 a.m. to launch the start of a renovation and expansion made possible through more than $1.5 million in donations.

"The initial goal was $1.3 million, and we set a challenge goal of $1.5 million," Executive Director Alan Smith said.

Construction, projected to last 12 to 18 months, will yield a new fitness center, family locker rooms, a teen center and more space for child care, Smith said.

A budget and construction plans will be developed next week, Smith said.

"We've been in the design phase for a while," he said, noting the facility will remain fully operational during construction.

The nearly $1,502,000 raised since going public with the "Shaping our Future ... Many Hands, One Mission" campaign in March 2005 will pay for most, if not all, of the renovations, Smith said. There still is an additional potential for more gifts to the Waynesboro YMCA, he said.


"Once again the community has responded to an opportunity and a need. Here we are bursting at the seams, and those who believe in the value of the Y have risen to the occasion in just another demonstration of Waynesboro's giving spirit," Campaign Chairman Robert Zimmerman said in a statement.

A committee member used e-mails to known Waynesboro YMCA supporters to raise the final $25,000 needed to reach the $1.5 million mark, he said.

"All of these improvements are necessary because membership at the YMCA has increased from 994 members in 1975 to over 4,000 in 2006," Zimmerman said.

The Waynesboro YMCA, which conducted capital campaigns in 1985 and 1995, celebrated its 90th year of operations in 2005, and commemorated it with an aerial photograph of staff and members during the town's Summer Jubilee festivities.

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