YMCA of Lethbridge completes facility renovations

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    Court renovations and the creation of new spaces for members made possible with funding from City of Lethbridge’s CCPG grant

    The YMCA is pleased to announce that long awaited upgrades at the YMCA facility are finally complete, and open for member and public use.

    “Any user of these spaces would tell you that renovations were long overdue. At the end of 2016 we received confirmation that we were eligible for the last of the funding we needed to complete the project,” states Jennifer Petracek-Kolb, CEO, YMCA of Lethbridge. “The largest amount of this project’s funding was realized through the City of Lethbridge’s CCPG grant, along with $40,000 of the Province’s Community Facility Enhancement Program grant funding, $7500 from the Community Foundation of Southwestern Alberta and a contribution from the YMCA for $67,000.”

    Renovations included the refurbishment of two of the previous four racquetball/squash courts and the conversion of the remaining two; one into a functional fitness space for users aged 14 and older, and the other into an indoor play space for children.

    “Community Capital Project Grant funding is an important way for City Council to support community groups like the YMCA who enhance the quality of life for Lethbridge residents by updating their facilities,” says Mayor Chris Spearman. “Under this funding program, the City of Lethbridge provided $80,000 toward the total cost of these renovations to the YMCA building, and I’m proud say that it’s money well spent.”

    The total amount of CCPG funding approved for the YMCA in 2016 was $143,000. Other renovations and repairs to the facility, opened in 1968, will see the remaining balance of this funding consumed by Spring 2018.\

    “In our conversations with members, they were clear about what changes would be most appreciated – more space for fitness programming and a drop-in space where younger children could play at any time of the day. From there we developed our plans and moved forward to create an appealing, user friendly, safe and fun space that can be enjoyed by members of all ages,” says Petracek-Kolb. “The spaces have only been open for a few days and the feedback has been wonderful. We are thrilled to see how these new spaces indeed support us in realizing our mission of building healthy communities.”

    If you are interested in learning more, please visit the YMCA at 515 Stafford Drive or call 403-327-YMCA.

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