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Twin Pike Family YMCA aquatics center on the way

Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 9:59 am

Brian Black of Black Construction moves rebar around the footings for the new YMCA aquatic center.

Brian Black of Black Construction moves rebar around the footings for the new YMCA aquatic center.

The Twin Pike Family YMCA aquatic center project is making progress and should be open in 2015, according to Executive Director Marsha Garrison.
“They’re moving along really well,” Garrison said of Black Construction, of Pleasant Hill, Ill., which is building the center.
“It should be open by mid-summer of next year,” or earlier, Garrison said, barring any major change orders.
Footings were poured last week and the steel for the framing has arrived, Garrison said.
Once the steel framing is up, masons will come in behind and build double-block walls for the building, she added.
The $3.65 million facility will feature a competition-sized, 25 meter-long pool with a ramp for wheel chairs. A mezzanine-style walking and jogging track will look down on the pool.
The project will also expand the lobby area of the YMCA, the weight and machine workout room. It will also create a new room to watch children and include two wet locker rooms for the pool.
Funding for the facility came through mostly local donations.
An anonymous benefactor provided  $1.4 million in seed money and the Mabee Foundation is expected to send $500,000 soon to complement the  $1.25 million taken in locally during a 2013 fund drive.
Anyone who wants to contribute to the fund to maintain the aquatic center can contact the YMCA at 573-754-4497.
In the meantime, the YMCA will operate both the Bowling Green and Louisiana pools again this summer, Garrison said. They will be opened on Saturday, May 24.
The Bowling Green pool will be closed on Mondays this year but open from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
The Louisiana pool will be open every day from 1-6 p.m. but will close when less than 10 swimmers are present, Garrison said.