DALEVILLE — Having secured nearly three-fourths of the $10 million they need, organizers of a new YMCA in Botetourt County launched a public fundraising campaign Wednesday to push the project across the finish line.
The idea of a Botetourt Family YMCA at the Daleville Town Center has been in the works since 2011. After donors promised $7.1 million in the first phase of fundraising, the concept gained speed and now has a design plan and a projected opening date of early 2019.
Plans call for a two-story, 43,000-square-foot fitness center that will include an eight-lane lap pool, a warm-water recreation and therapy pool, modern exercise equipment, three workout studios, a basketball gymnasium, a lobby and space for community meetings.
But “simply put, we’re not a gym,” said Mark Johnson, president and CEO of the YMCA of Roanoke Valley. “That’s not what we do.”
Supporters say the real community impact will be through the various programs offered by a nonprofit organization dedicated to healthy living, from swimming lessons for children with special needs to diabetes prevention classes to pickleball and other activities for senior citizens.
“It will be a place where we can come together to build a stronger sense of community,” said John Williamson, a member of the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors who co-chaired the campaign with school board member John Alderson.
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