Construction of downtown YMCA near completion

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Construction on Evansville’s new downtown YMCA is close to completion. The construction began last summer.

The hope is to open the doors this fall.

“We are very excited. The staff are excited. Volunteers are excited.”

If ‘E is for Everyone’ in Evansville, then this ‘E’ stands for excited.

The city’s new YMCA is nearly complete.

“We’ve obviously been working on this project for a very long time.”

Branch Director Crystal Paroyan is confident members will be excited when the doors open September 5th.

“They’ll be very excited and pleased with what we are bringing with expansion we are expanding our childcare area.”

The new ‘Y’ isn’t bigger than the previous building, but the design maximizes its 80,000-square-feet of space.

The main floor features designated areas for children and teens, including a game room and classroom space.

“The accessibility of the building is a huge difference from the downtown Y we currently have.”

“We have a lot more dedicated spaces for activities and programs that we already do.”

The second floor has an open concept and more designated spaces for group workout classes.

“The wellness area is similar with all of the equipment and the cardio equipment some of our studios like the cycling studio is similar in size as it is now. Our boxing studio is slightly larger.”

Something brand new, the hot yoga room.

“The yoga room is all block versus drywall which means it’s going to retain the heat better. Our members love hot yoga and they love the space that they’re in now and they were very adamant on their request about having a dedicated hot yoga space.”

Paroyan says they received a lot of requests for the new building and while they could not fulfill them all, they are happy to include what they can.

“From our picket players to our swimmers to our hot yoga participants it was important for us to hear what they wanted as well as what the community wanted. The Y is a second home for many people, and I think that we’ve accomplished that.”

While construction continues across downtown this project is about to be complete.

Officials with the YMCA say the new facility is more than halfway complete.

Contractors still have to work on landscaping, flooring and electrical wiring.

They also have to install equipment before the open house in September.

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(This story was originally published on July 17, 2019)

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