The facility, called the Haselwood YMCA, signed up its first members over the weekend. On a site where a handful of cement walls now stand, community members on Saturday were asked to stretch their imagination when YMCA staff described where a six-lane lap pool would sit.
SILVERDALE — The facility, called the Haselwood YMCA, signed up its first members over the weekend.
On a site where a handful of cement walls now stand, community members on Saturday were asked to stretch their imagination when YMCA staff described where a six-lane lap pool would sit. Or how a climbing wall would be visible in the glass entryway of the 85,784-square-foot Haselwood Family YMCA.
Saturday marked the public’s official introduction to Haselwood Family YMCA during an event not far from the construction site off Northwest Randall Way. Roughly 900 people attended the event. Of those, 445 signed up to become charter members.
A total of $10.3 million has been raised to date for the project. The fundraising goal is $12 million. After seeing the community support Saturday, Bob Ecklund, president and CEO of the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, said he believes fundraising efforts will exceed that mark.
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One of the first charter members to sign up Saturday was Silverdale resident Gayle Kohler. She was accompanied by daughters, Emma, 12; Sophie, 9; and Isabel, 7.
Kohler is excited for her girls to be able to use the facility and gain independence, while still being supervised in a safe environment, she said.
The only down side? Kohler and her husband no longer have an excuse to skip a trip to the gym.
“I just think we’re going to live there once the doors open,” she said. “I’m just amazed at how community-oriented they are. It’s so much more than just exercise.”
Kohler is looking forward to using the facility’s lap pool, while oldest daughter Emma is excited to use the climbing wall.
The new facility also will include a second, warm-water pool with lazy river and slide, a gymnasium, a smaller gym dedicated to youth activities, two racquetball courts, a second floor walking-running track, a children’s play area and a nursery.
Also in the plans are a teen center, a cafe and sitting area with a fireplace, a wellness area, a community room and teaching kitchen, space for Harrison Medical Center, strength training areas and multipurpose exercise rooms.
Planners expect the facility to be open by summer 2011.