LH YMCA Site Plan

The Lake Highlands Family YMCA hosted a groundbreaking celebration Tuesday to kick off a year-long renovation and expansion project. More than 15,000 square feet will be added, with larger group exercise rooms, an expanded wellness center, a new dedicated cycle room and more seating and congregation areas. The final phase will involve construction of a sloped-entry outdoor pool.

“It’s an exciting day for the future of the Lake Highlands YMCA. Twenty years ago this YMCA was opened right here,” said former LH YMCA Chairman Jody Zorn. “It’s amazing to think about all the children and families that have been served here in this community and the history that’s been created.”

Brian Haines, executive director of the LH YMCA, described the multi-phase elements of the project, which will enable 100 more kids to learn to swim each summer and add more programs, especially for teens and senior citizens. Congregation space will be added for bridge clubs, potluck luncheons and other groups. Renovations of the indoor pool will be completed by June 1, he said, with a 6-lane lap pool enabling more swim lessons and family time. Addition of a wellness center, group exercise space and lobby will begin in April, and renovation of the existing space will complete the indoor portion of the project in January of 2021. The new outdoor pool, with its splash-and-spray elements and slide into the deep end, will require a $1 million capital campaign.

“I’m excited about, not only this project, but what’s happening in this entire area,” said Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough. “It’s taken a long time to get here, but this project is going to move fast. January 1st is ambitious and exciting.”

If you’d like to join the Lake Highlands Family YMCA or make a contribution to the project, you can learn more here.

Jody Zorn, Truitt Matthews, Brian Haines, Steve Hedrick, Jill Magnuson, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough, Curt Hazelbaker, Pastor Tommy Brown