WAPAKONETA — After a nine-month campaign, the Wapakoneta Family YMCA and its partners have officially raised more than the required $2.5 million for its 2020 expansion.
The $2.5 million will go toward the $7.5 million project to expand the current Wapakoneta Family YMCA. The expansion will add another 27,000 square feet and renovate more than 5,000 square feet of existing space. The expansion is expected to be completed by 2020.
The YMCA has partnered with Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, Nourish U, Coffe Amor, Head Start and United Way for the project. The project was financed by MinsterBank, Superior Credit Union, First National Bank and Home Savings Bank.
“This has been a long process, and we appreciate your patience as we finally got to this point,” said Deb Zwez, Wapakoneta Family YMCA Board of Directors Vice President. “When we announced that our goal was to raise $2.5 million, some of us thought it was pretty daunting, but here we are and we raised more than that.”
The expansion will include a rock climbing wall, a therapeutic heated pool, a teaching kitchen and a lunar module-shaped play area.
Mercy Health will be expanding its practice in the facility, which Zwez said will help bring healthcare to Auglaize County residents. Head Start will have two new classrooms in the facility, which Zwez said will provide more families with the chance to learn and grow in a safe and fun environment.
The YMCA will also be the home of the third Coffe Amor location and it will also be a stationery location for Nourish U.
“Our project goals haven’t changed over the course of this project,” said Zwez. “We’ve always said that our mission is to improve the health of our community to offer more family fun activities, partner with these agencies to provide comprehensive services in our community. “We think that this project will make a difference in the greater Wapakoneta area for generations to come.”
Ohio Rep. Craig Riedel, R-Defiance, said that he was proud of the joint effort between Wapakoneta Family YMCA Chief Executive Officer Joshua Little, the YMCA board, the City of Wapakoneta and the community.
“It takes vision, it takes courage and a lot of hard work to get this accomplished,” said Riedel. “What this will do for this community is immeasurable because it improves quality of life. Now we have a place where young people can congregate, recreate. A positive atmosphere for our youth to be a part and for this city it is a wonderful thing.”
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