Expansion of YMCA on Himes begins next week
SOUTH TAMPA - A major expansion of the South Tampa Family YMCA is scheduled to begin next week. Workers will break ground in the YMCA parking lot, which will be expanded to include 58 more parking spaces, on Monday or Tuesday, said Lalita Llerena, communications director for the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCAs. Construction is expected to be completed in about three months, she said. After the parking lot is completed, YMCA officials will move forward with two additional phases of the expansion project: updating the aquatics complex and renovating the entire facility.The South Tampa Family YMCA was built in 1982, so it is time for updates, Llerena said. “It’s outdated in terms of being able to serve the community and all the members,” she said. “The community has grown so much, and we want to be able to serve more people and touch more lives.” The South Tampa YMCA, at 4411 S. Himes Ave., has more than 12,000 members. The start of construction on the next two phases of the expansion depends on how quickly the YMCA can raise necessary funds, Llerena said. Officials hope to raise $3 million to $10 million through community donations. The updates will include a brand-new, state-of-the-art swimming pool and aquatics complex, a new gymnasium, new workout equipment and a new teen room, Llerena said. Plans for the expansion have been in the works for almost four years. “It is a long process and we have to go through a lot of steps to find out exactly what we need to renovate and expand,” Llerena said. “We’re definitely receiving positive feedback from our members.”
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