Asheville YMCA celebrates renovations with open house March 10, ribbon cutting March 13

Photo courtesy of the Asheville YMCA
Photo courtesy of the Asheville YMCA

From the Asheville YMCA:

Asheville YMCA celebrates renovations with open house, ribbon cutting
Flagship Y expands services for downtown community

Asheville, N.C., March 8, 2018 – The Asheville Y is celebrating the completion of major renovations with two community events:

  • Saturday, March 10 the Y is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features tours, light refreshments, exercise demonstrations, family activities, and prize giveaways, including gift cards to local merchants.
  • Tuesday, March 13 at 4 p.m. is the official ribbon cutting with the Asheville Chamber of Commerce. Light refreshments will be served.

Built in 1970 and last updated in the mid-1990s, the downtown Asheville Y is home to more than 9,500 YMCA members. A $2.5 million renovation project began last July. Upgrades include:

  • 2,400-square-foot expansion of the wellness center with higher ceiling
  • New flooring, lights and fans
  • New fitness equipment (including handicapped-accessible and cardio pieces)
  • Additional stretching space
  • Covered entryway with ADA-accessible doors
  • Resurfaced and renovated pool and sauna areas
  • New major mechanical units to more efficiently heat water for pools and showers
  • Nutrition outreach commissary (scheduled to open spring 2018)

Novus Architects developed the renovation plan, and Hickory Construction was the general contractor.

These renovations are more than cosmetic. They are a sign of the Y’s commitment to the health, well-being, and economic development of downtown Asheville,” said YMCA of WNC President and CEO Paul Vest. “We are especially excited about creating space for a new nutrition outreach area, which will allow us to reduce food insecurity for more residents.”

New members who join the Y at the downtown location March 10-13 will pay no joining fee. To learn more, contact the Asheville Y at (828) 210-9622.

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