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Destruction Begins Monday, July 24

July 20, 2017

Source: Vicky Kettner
Job Title: Marketing /Communications Manager
Department: Marketing
Phone: 2693459622
Email: vkettner@kzooymca.org

Replacement of the small pool will begin Monday, July 24, to make way for the third phase of capital improvements at the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo, making way for a new state-of-the-art multi-purpose pool.

The last day the current small pool will be in use will be Sunday, July 23.

On Monday, July 24, the process to remove the small pool will begin by draining it for the very last time.

"The small pool has been an instrumental component of the Y's swimming program for decades, serving thousands of youth for swim instruction, and as many adults who have sought its warmer temperatures for therapy swim. It's also been the heart of our family swim program, so there's been a lot of use out of this pool," said Renee Whalen, Lead Aquatics Director.

But, the time has come to replace it. For years, the pool has shown its age and recently, started showing signs of sinking into the earth. Plans to replace it have been in the works for several years, and will finally come to fruition as construction of a 3,300 square foot pool will take its place.

The new pool will nearly double the size of the current "small pool" (1,300 square feet) and will provide simultaneous programming opportunities to include lap swim, instruction, free swim space and a zero depth entry splash area for preschoolers. It's main feature will be a ramp which fosters accessibility for all.

"This will be a game changer for the Maple Street Y and the community," said CEO Steve Springsdorf. "The new pool will meet the growing demand for pool time from a variety of users, and allow the Y to continue its role as the leader in swim instruction and family programming in Southwest Michigan.

"There will be disruption, for sure, these next months to our aquatics department during construction, but it will all be worthwhile, in the end."

Construction is expected to take nine months, which takes the project completion date to April 2018.

In the meantime, Y members and participants are asked to be patient and understanding of the constraints in scheduling, as staff looks for the most efficient scheduling practices to accommodate all users.

Click here to see the designs and special features for the new pool.

For a schedule of the large pool for summer session click here.

Funding is still needed to complete the project. For information on how you can support this important capital improvement project at the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo, please call Steve Springsdorf, 269-45-9622 x 123.

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