New YMCA facility on track

September 6, 2018
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Members of a group touring the new Skagit Valley Family YMCA look west Tuesday from the second floor of the new building. From left are Kyle Reep of the building steering committee, CEO Dean Snider, steering committee co-chair Susan Christensen and TRICO project engineer Savannah Phillips.

MOUNT VERNON — Four months ahead of opening, work on the new Skagit Valley Family YMCA facility is on schedule.

Construction is about 70 percent completed on the $24 million, 60,000-square-foot building off Hoag Road, said Dean Snider, the YMCA’s CEO.

“The staff are really excited about growing into the new facility,” he said.

On a tour of the new facility Tuesday afternoon, Snider showed off the progress TRICO Construction has made on the two pools, exercise rooms and the gym, which is large enough for a college basketball court.

Snider also focused on what he called the multigenerational room, a place where he hopes those of all ages can use the space the way they want.

He said he envisions a place where seniors can meet in the morning over coffee, and students can do homework after school.

Locke Elder, the YMCA’s executive administrator, said the new facility will be a step forward for both members and staff.

The exercise amenities are exciting and have been a big part of the public messaging of the new facility, he said.

Other features, such as the multigenerational room, weren’t discussed as frequently and could possibly be overlooked by the community, he said.

“Being able to have a place to gather, that’s what we’re missing in the current space,” he said.

The new building is compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and has spacious changing rooms and elevators, he said. Staff has trouble accommodating everyone in the Fulton Street location, which was built in 1941.

“Here, we have a facility where we can welcome everyone, regardless of ability,” Elder said.

The building also has space that will be leased to Skagit Regional Health, Snider said. There, physical therapy patients will be able to use the YMCA’s facilities, such as the pool, to aid in their recovery.

The public will be able to tour the new building at monthly events starting in October, he said.

Snider said the facility will be ready to open in early January, with a grand opening likely in February.

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