Around-the-clock access will be offered in part of new YMCA addition
The benefits of physical activity have long been realized by members of the Norfolk Family YMCA and Norfolkans as a whole.
So much so that in April, ground was broken on a two-level expansion that is going to add more than 106,000 square feet to the existing 75,000-square-foot YMCA in northeast Norfolk.
The expansion was needed to keep up with the growing number of members, which now totals more than 8,000.
And along with the growing membership, there’s more positive news. When the new addition opens, part of it will feature 24/7 access.
Randy Hagedorn, executive director of the YMCA, said the new areas that would be accessible around the clock are the cardio and weight lifting areas.
There also will be a staff member on hand during the off hours, along with a women’s area. The women’s area will be off limit to men at all times.
“We’re excited to announce that certain parts of the new facility will be 24/7,” Hagedorn said Monday. “The parts are the Wellness Center and the new locker rooms.”
New cardio equipment and free weights are included in the YMCA Wellness Center. The women’s area also will include cardio equipment and weights.
At this point, plans are to have just the new Wellness Center, women’s area and locker rooms open 24/7.
“We have to be able to walk before we can run,” Hagedorn said. “If we see more demand for 24/7 access for other parts of the building, we will look at adding those as well.”
Overall, Hagedorn said construction of the addition is going well. The unusually wet spring and summer had pushed the construction behind about 30 days, he said.
Within a couple of months, YMCA officials hope to announce a definitive date for when the new expanded areas will open.
The new addition is just east of the current building. It includes an indoor playground for children, additional office space, training area, the cardio and weightlifting areas, a suspended running track and multi-use field house.
Another area will have room for two new gyms.
Beckenhauer Construction of Norfolk is the general contractor and is using many local subcontractors.