A crowd of several hundred people were present for yesterday’s ribbon cutting ceremony at the new YMCA in Lake Wylie. Guests and members were treated to a live DJ and food as the public was granted first access to the facilities. Smiles, handshakes and hellos were plentiful on this sunny October afternoon. The new gymnasium, pools and workout rooms elicited many “oohs” and “aahs” as well.
The $17.8 million campus, named the Clover School District Community YMCA, was a joint effort by CSD and the Upper Palmetto YMCA. Funds for the facility were provided by the CSD as part of a $99million construction plan after local voter approval in 2014 of a $67million bond package. The new facility will be owned by CSD. Upper Palmetto YMCA will operate and run the day to day activities.
On hand yesterday were a number of local YMCA representatives, school board members and other community residents. YMCA directors from as far as Spartanburg SC traveled to witness the unveiling. A slight joke referenced that they had aspirations of a creating a YMCA location in Spartanburg with similar amenities. Our new Y is certainly impressive.
Visitors are welcomed by a large, 2 story atrium style entrance and plenty of exercise and activity space. Two big features at the new location are a full size basketball court gymnasium with overhead exercise track and the pools. Two indoor pools – one warm, one cold – and a 50meter outdoor pool with splash zone and waterslides will provide year-round aquatics opportunities. A large workout facility, racquet ball courts and multiple, all-purpose exercise rooms complete the campus.
For the meantime, the smaller Clover and Lake Wylie branch locations will remain open. However, based upon reactions from yesterday’s crowds the brand new campus will certainly be a magnet for new and existing members.