Yakima City Council approves proposed aquatics center at Chesterley Park

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima City Council members voted 6-1 to approve the plans for indoor aquatics center projected to go into Chesterly Park in a Tuesday afternoon study session.

The dissenting vote was cast by Councilmember Rick Ensey.

Yakima City Manager Tony O'Rourke says this vote has been overdue.

The city will pay half the cost of the $9 million facility, about $4.5 million, and the Yakima Family YMCA would need to come up with the other half, in addition to raising the money for the cost of a separate fitness center.

The plans for the aquatics center say there will be three pools, including a family/childrens recreation pool, a lap pool, and a warm water therapy pool. Plans also call for a lazy river, a spray and splash pad, a pool deck with a hot tub and steam rooms, and more.

The fitness center would be located next to the aquatics center and would include group fitness studios, cardio equipment, circuit weights, free weights, a gymnasium, child watch area, drop-in youth room, community classrooms and a teaching kitchen.

In total, the YMCA would need to raise 80 percent or $15 million of the construction cost of the aquatic and fitness center by December 2017.

O'Rourke says they hope to begin construction on the project by 2018.

Both facilities would be open to all Yakima residents, on a daily or monthly pass.

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