"The goal of our capital campaign has been to build a state-of-the-art facility to serve residents of Barry and Lawrence counties," said Garrett. "On July 2 at 6:30 p.m., we will actually break ground for the new facility, which will serve thousands of children, teens and adults from throughout the Monett area. It should be a happy and festive time."
The groundbreaking will take place as part of Monett's Freedom and Fireworks event at Monett's South Park.
"It is our hope that the new YMCA will improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the Monett area," Wallace said. "Today, the Y has a membership of more than 3,000. With a new facility and expanded program opportunities, we expect membership to grow to more than 5,000."
It is estimated that construction of the new 60,000-square-foot facility will take 12 to 14 months, according to YMCA Executive Director Gordon Brown.
"Actual construction time will depend upon certain factors beyond our control," Brown said, "but we hope the weather will cooperate and that materials will be available when needed."
The Monett Area YMCA has experienced steady growth in both membership and programs since it began operations at the old National Guard Armory in 2004. Planning for a new Y began more than four years ago when it became apparent that a new facility was needed to meet community demands.
"The new Y has been specifically designed to meet the needs identified by Monett area residents," Brown said.
The new facility will include a large indoor aquatic center, featuring an eight-lane, 25-yard competition pool with electronic touch pads, a digital scoreboard and seating for 600 spectators. The center will also include a warm water pool with numerous play stations, a large water slide and space for swimming classes, water exercises and fun activities.
"In short, the new Y will be one of the finest family recreation facilities in the four-state area," added Brown.
"We are excited that actual construction will soon begin," Wallace and Garrett stated, "and we are thankful for the support and generosity of those who live and work in the Monett area. They have made the new facility possible."
To learn more about contributing to the YMCA capital campaign, contact Brown at 235-8213 or visit www.yourmonettymca.org.