Monday the Greater Marco Family YMCA officially swung open the doors of its $750,000 Wellness and Welcome Center expansion.
Gone is the dated reception area (along with some pokey offices), and in its place are a spacious lobby, a soon-to-be stocked fitness and wellness room addition, and also a modern office wing for CEO Cindy Love and some of her senior staffers.
Welcoming a group that included Marco Island City Council members, Y board members, volunteers, members and youngsters, Love looked back at the effects of Hurricane Irma and how the organization had eased so many people’s burdens.
“I am so proud of the way our Y responded to the needs in our community,” she said. “You should all be proud to have been an important part of our community’s hurricane response.”
Love said in spite of the storm, the contractor for the expansion – BUILD and especially site supervisor Jake Rodden – had remained on schedule.
“They were a great partner with the Youth Development Center, and they have been a great partner with this expansion,” she said.
Outgoing Y Board President Paul Tateo spoke in the place of new President Jayme Lowe, who is recovering from injuries sustained recently in an ATV accident.
“She (Lowe) is recovering quickly, and is already e-mailing Cindy (Love) daily to stay on top of her duties,” Tateo said.
He added that the official opening of the expansion coincides with the Y’s 40th Anniversary, also representing four decades’ service to the community and beyond island borders.
Afterwards, CEO Love said 58 potential new members had taken tours of the campus, which – in phases – will see more building upgrades, a new Learning Center (pre-school) playground, and also additional pickleball courts to cater for spiraling interest in the sport.
To learn more about the Marco Y’s wide variety of activities and programs for youth and adults, visit marcoymca.org, an app is also available for download, or call 394-3144.