After more than a year of construction and fundraising, the YMCA will have its grand opening Tuesday for the first new facility of the Y’s multiple $1 million capital project.
The Bill Bartley Family YMCA broke ground back in April 2017 and have now completed their first facility, and officials with the “Y” couldn’t be more excited.
Joseph Cronin has been with the YMCA’s gymnastics program for four years now and said he’s excited that the first facility of phase 1 of the $14 million expansion project is now complete.
“We’re so thrilled to be having our grand opening tomorrow,” Cronin said. “It’s been a long process, but it’s been such a great process, and I think it was well worth.”The effort and years put into for it to come to this point.”
The Stephens Family Gymnastics Center includes, in-ground trampolines, foams pits and two olympic size spring floor.
Cronin said this will allow the center to do things they couldn’t do in the past.
“So many times where we wanna do something at the next level we tend to have to go to the metroplex and yet now with this facility, I would say you could drive a hundred miles in any direction,” Cronin said. “And you won’t find a better facility anywhere.”
And this is just the first of many improvements coming to the Bill Bartley Family Branch.
“Construction is on going, and we anticipate it’ll be another year and a half before the rest of the project is complete, but we will bring a double gymnasium, an indoor soccer complex, a new youth center and a grand entry plaza. And that will round out phase 1 of our capitol project,” YMCA Mission Advancment Director Noel Filler said.
And Filer said all of that would be possible without the help of the community.
“Ninty-nine percent of this has been funded by local donors, and we are so grateful to those people that cared enough about making Wichita Falls better and are providing resources to our kids and families,” Filer said. “So as plans shift to the next stage of this massive expansion project — officials with the YMCA hope Wichita Falls residents will take advantage of the new center and experience the type of fun you’ll really flip over.”
The “Y” will be having its grand opening tomorrow and is free to attend. Things will kick-off with a ribbon cutting at 5:30 followed by an open gym event where you’ll have the chance to win a months worth of gymnastics, gymkata or parkour classes.
So bring your kiddos out and help the “Y” celebrate this great occasion