YMCA 2MADISONVILLE, Ky. (4/12/18) — The Hopkins County Family YMCA renovations are projected to be complete in mid to late May.

The health and activities facility has undergone its first major facelift since 1981 — inside and out. The YMCA’s programs include aquatics, youth sports, dance, fitness in addition to numerous childcare services.

Downey Construction is handling the $1.6 million construction at 150 YMCA Drive in Madisonville. It took a lot of planning in order to remain open through the renovations, local YMCA CEO Chad Hart said.

“It was in need of being updated and time for a remodel to make it more functional for us in the community,” Senior Director Kelly Forbes said, noting the facility weight and cardio rooms were closed only one day while equipment was being moved.

The nonprofit operates on grants and donations through a community campaign, which offers program privileges to children and families, regardless of ability to pay membership dues. The Christian organization is all about youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Hart was busy all around the building working with construction crews, where workers could also be seen replacing the facade on the front entrance of the building recently. The structure, previously blue on the outside has received a fresh coat of gray paint.

“We've changed areas of the project to make sure we better serve our community,” he said. “We converted a racquetball court into an intergenerational space that was previously planned to take over the large gymnasium. By doing this, we saved money on the project while serving two large needs.”

The new cardio room opened last month in the 2,559 square-foot, completely renovated room. The cardio and functional training space is just over 3,700 square feet. There is a child watch area for children ages 5 and under, consisting of safari-themed murals on the walls created by area artist Steve Lane, and another room for children 6-11 years old.

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Walls have been torn out, and visitors will walk through the new entryway into an open and inviting lobby area. The family corridor contains three private changing rooms and two large family locker areas. The new locker upgrades feature a sealed concrete that is antimicrobial, new wooden lockers, expanded private showers and ADA accessibility.

“We’re really excited about the new locker room,” Forbes said.

There’s a new intergenerational room that will serve as an area for senior adult socialization after classes and kids can dine or have snacks that will be equipped with TVs and game tables. The room could also serve as a place to host pool parties.

The weight room, with all new equipment, is newly constructed. The 2,700-foot area previously was outdoors and now has 14-foot ceilings with state-of-the-art steel ceiling fans, Hart explained. Fitness classes are being held in temporary locations while the upstairs exercise rooms are brought up to date. Once the upstairs is renovated it will feature three group exercise studios, which will allow the YMCA to expand its class offerings.

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“The building is coming together beautifully," Hart said. “We have converted all fixtures to LED which is a big deal for our bottom line. We anticipate a savings of $15,000 per year in utilities — this doesn't count the savings from the updated and more efficient HVAC. All of the cost saving measures translate over to us helping more people in the community, whether it be accessibility to our facility or placing a meal in front a child that needs it."

The Y is considering 24/7 access and is looking for input from the community, Hart said. Family memberships are $38 per month and there are more tailored membership options available for youth, individuals, single parents and seniors.

To contribute to the campaign or volunteer, call the YMCA at (270) 821-9622. For more information, visit http://www.hopkinscountyymca.com.

Doreen Dennis
SurfKY News Director
Region 2

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