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Y supporters soon to realize $1.45 million dream

Steve Stefanides
sstefanides@comcast.net

The Greater Marco Island YMCA's $1.45 million youth development center, now rising out of the ground on the southern end of the campus, represents a dream for which many have worked for years.

The Y supporters' hard work will come to fruition when the ribbon is cut in October.

"I just can't express how pleased we are to see this becoming a reality," said Carl Titgemier, a long-time board member and proponent of the new building.

The 5,750-square-foot building will occupy land that once housed a skateboard park and a small teen room. The building will be next to the aquatics center and be highlighted by two large multi-purpose rooms and a kitchen, where children can be taught about healthy eating.

The building will also house age-appropriate exercise equipment, which can also be used by the Y's preschool's fitness program.

"The building will be dedicated to our young families, children and their needs," said YMCA Board President Allyson Richards. "It's a culmination of a lot of hard work by many within the community."

"We have been bursting at the seams in our present building and needed to move forward with this portion of our plan to serve the young families here on Marco," said Cindy Love, the YMCA's CEO. "Needless to say we are all excited at the prospect of being better able to service our kids and their parents."

Phased plan

The initial expansion to the footprint of the campus on Sand Hill Street came with the construction of what is known as the multi-use outdoor facility located on their property. It serves a multitude of uses regarding recreational activities and serves as a large covered gathering area for other activities.

The second phase of their work came in the upgrading of utilities serving the campus which would service the eventual expansion of the existing buildings. This phase included the addition of fill and utilities to the north end of the campus for the expansion of the fitness center when that time comes.

The third phase came in the addition of expanded parking at the north end of their campus and the associated lighting to make it a safe venue.

Opportunity

Should a resident or business still wish to help in the financial support for the completion of the building, they may do so by purchasing a wall tile that will be permanently displayed for all to see.

More information

Contact Cheryl McDonald at the YMCA at 394-9622, ext. 204, or email her at dev@marcoy.org