A $2.3 million pool, large pre-school, dedicated youth space, wellness area, demonstration kitchen and full gymnasium with a walking track will be included at the YMCA’s newest location in southeast Fort Worth.
The groundbreaking celebration is Thursday for the 35,000-square-foot facility at the corner of Mitchell Boulevard and Moresby Street.
“One of our goals for this facility is for it to become a true gathering spot,” said Tony Shuman, president and chief executive officer of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth. “A place where families can come together, children can grow and adults can maintain healthy lifestyles.”
Shuman said the project, which has been in the works since 2009, began after an assessment determined the best way to serve southeast Fort Worth was to have “one whole YMCA” instead of “two halves with two locations.”
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The YMCA has served southeast Fort Worth since 1971, when it opened the former McDonald YMCA at 2400 E. Berry St., a 14,000-square-foot facility that closed in December 2013. The McDonald YMCA was named after William McDonald in 1939. Before the 1970s, the branch was located in the downtown area.
The services were consolidated into the Southeast YMCA at 2801 Miller Ave., a 15,220-square-foot center that opened in 1991. The merged facility, McDonald Southeast YMCA, will be sold when the new center opens in spring 2018.
This story contains information from the Star-Telegram archives.
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