Finally! YMCA construction project good to go

Donors, volunteers, and special guests join Wapakoneta YMCA CEO Josh Little, center, turn dirt at the community center's official ground breaking for its $7.5 million expansion on Monday. Pictured, from left to right, are Gabrielle and David Tilton, Randy Fisher, Michelle Katterheinrich, Little, Deb Zwez, Tom Stinebaugh, Judy DeBois, and Josh Schoolcraft.
Staff Writer

The Wapakoneta Family YMCA expansion is finally underway.

Over three years in the making, the community center's staff, volunteers, and benefactors celebrated on Monday morning with a groundbreaking, turning the first dirt in the $7.5 million project that will add 24,000 square feet to the building's footprint, and allow for a number of new and expanded offerings.

Included in those offerings are new wellness rooms, multipurpose space, an indoor playground, a new child watch facility, family lockers, a climbing wall, a café–with the help of local businesses Coffé Amor and Nourish u, Head Start classrooms, and much more.

The project, officially announced back in February, had originally been scheduled to begin over the summer, but was delayed after Wapakoneta YMCA officials made some changes to their bid specifications after proposals from contractors came in over budget.

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