"When will the new YMCA open in Monett?" has been a question circulating throughout the community for months, and now area residents have a firm answer. Saturday, Feb. 16 has been set as the date for the Monett YMCA's grand opening celebration.
Tours of the brand new recreational facility will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on that day, which will also feature special activities, prize giveaways, healthy snacks and the opportunity to join the Y and sign up for its expanding list of programs.
The grand opening comes 19 months after ground was first broken on the project back in July of 2011.
The new YMCA, which is located in Monett's South Park off of Highway 37, features expanded weight and cardio areas, an event center with full commercial kitchen, an indoor track, a three-story rock climbing wall, a high school-sized gym and racquetball courts.
A huge draw for the new recreational facility is an indoor aquatics center and waterpark, which will be open year round. The center includes: an eight-lane lap pool with diving board; a touch pad timing system and electronic scoreboard for competitive swim meets; a family pool with features such as floating lily pads, dump buckets and water cannons; two full-sized waterslides; and a pool-side climbing wall. All of the pools are also handicap accessible.
New memberships are now being offered with no joiner's fee charged to new members, which is up to a $50 discount.
No one is denied access to Y programs or facilities for financial reasons. The Monett Area YMCA annually awards over $50,000 in financial assistance to needy individuals and their families.
The Monett YMCA is a $11.2 million project that has received enormous support. The capital campaign raised just over $10.2 million in pledges from individuals, businesses, industries and charitable organizations.
The Monett YMCA Capital Campaign Committee is chaired by Mike Garrett and Mike Wallace. Other committee members included: Scott Beckwith, Rob Jackson, Greg Johnson, Dr. John Jungmann, Jack Prim, Marty Scaborozi, Dr. Ralph Scott, Robin Walker and Lora Wilkins. Chris and Ginny Fuldner serve as honorary co-chairs of the committee.
For more information on the Monett YMCA, call 235-8213 or visit www.monettymca.org.