YMCA moving forward

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 28, 2005

The Selma Times-Journal

Soggy weather has dampened the work at the new YMCA site on Medical Center Parkway but not the spirit.

Despite what Cooper Brothers Construction President Tom Bolton characterized as a &8220;so-so week&8221; progress on the site is evident.

Bolton added that Building &8216;B’ is on site &045;it took five truckloads to deliver it &045; but it had been too wet to begin.

Bolton said late last week that it rained five out of seven days on the site since the hurricane.

Bolton said the weather had not hurt work on the pool as much.

The weather also had limited electrical and plumbing work.

The new &8216;Y’ building has been in the planning stages for quite some time and construction began earlier this year.

According to John Calame, Chair of the YMCA Long Range Planning Committee, the facility will cost roughly $5,000,000, and will be a state of the art complex for the citizens of Selma and Dallas County.

The new YMCA facility will include the following features focusing on programming for youth, teens families and active older adults:

Indoor Aquatic Center

Outdoor Family Courtyard and Spray Park

Gymnasium

Nursery / Child Care Center

Teen & Senior Center

Computer Lab & Tutoring Center

Family Resource Center

Community Meeting Room & Catering Kitchen

State-of-the-art Wellness Center

Aerobics & Dance Studio

Family & Special Needs Locker Rooms with Steam

Chapel – Named to honor Paul M. Grist

YMCA membership will be available on a sliding-scale fee, so programs are affordable for all.