The Treasure Valley Family YMCA will break ground on the south Meridian facility’s aquatic center Thursday. The facility will be the city’s first indoor aquatic center.
The 22,000-square-foot aquatic facility includes a lap pool, recreation and lesson pool, water slide, lazy river, kiddie pool with beach entry, and an outdoor splash pad. The project also incorporates expanded locker rooms in the existing Y building, and an additional 8,000 square feet of space designed for strength training and an inclusive activity center.
“People of all ages, income levels, cultures and beliefs will come together to participate in programs that provide swim instruction and water safety, rehabilitation and fitness, and competition and fun,” David Duro, Treasure Valley Family YMCA president and CEO, said in a press release.
The South Meridian YMCA opened in May 2018 with a youth development center, fitness areas, a large indoor family play structure, gathering space, gyms and classrooms. Staff anticipate completing the aquatic center by April 2021.
The pools weren’t built with the rest of the facility because the Y needed more time to raise money. A Western Ada Recreation District bond election for pool construction failed in 2016.
YMCA staff have raised roughly $13 million of the $15 million needed. The final phase of the campaign has begun with a goal of raising $150,000, the release said. Together Treasure Valley, a collaboration of local companies that fund community-based projects, is matching all donations made, up to $50,000.
“The generosity of the community is what has made it possible for our Y to build this world-class facility in a growing, vibrant community like Meridian,” Duro said in the release. “It is truly one of the most momentous milestones in our Y’s 125-year history.”