Yakima YMCA looking to raise $3.8M for aquatic center

Yakima YMCA looking to raise $3.8M for aquatic center

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima's YMCA plans to break ground on an aquatic center at Chesterley Park in the spring of 2018. The organization has raised $16.2M over the past two years. Now, they're turning to the public in search of the remaining $3.8M needed.

“We want the community to feel a little bit more involved and that's why we say no donation is too small, and we would like for everyone in the community to try to donate. We put everything back into the community and we want everybody to enjoy the aquatic center,” said YMCA Board Member Ana Villasenor.

With a warm water therapy pool, competitive, and recreational pool, the facility is geared toward all ages and abilities. There will also be a youth drop-in center, community gathering space, and gym.

“This is something that's long overdue for the community,” said YMCA General Director Bob Romero.

Yakima has not seen a new public pool since the Lions Pool was built in the 1970s.

Romero said that this facility will benefit the health of the community and provide a safe haven for children who may be in difficult neighborhoods or may not have access to resources that the "Y" can offer.

“We're addressing improving community health and healthier lifestyles. At the same time, expanding recreational opportunities and then expanding outreach and mission work to young kids who are in some difficult neighborhoods around Chesterley who really could use the programming and the impact and the influence of the Y,” said Romero.

Villasenor says that she's given up her morning coffee run to contribute to a cause this significant to the community.

“It's really important that we have this aquatic center, and so I made a few tweaks here and there, and I think we're all capable of donating something,” said Villasenor.

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