By Lisa Capobianco
Members of the Southington YMCA may have more parking spots to choose from by the end of September, as construction of the lots is near completion.
Director of Operations Tony Palmieri said there will be 99 additional parking spaces in front of the building alone, bringing the total number of spaces to more than 200 in the front.
This serves as phase one of renovations at the YMCA, along with roof unit replacements in work out areas and updates on the men’s and women’s locker rooms, which received new tiling, a paint job and new lockers. Renovations also took place at the Spirit, Mind and Body Center on North Main Street, which will feature the Women’s Fitness Center, Studio 130 for yoga and pilate classes.Women’s Fitness Center, Studio 130 (for Yoga, Pilates, etc. classes) and Rooted In wellness therapeutic massage.
Phase two involves renovations of the pool and the gymnasium. Palmieri said the goal is to make the pool accessible to residents with disabilities by installing an elevator. The plan also involves the addition of bathrooms and offices for staff members of the Aquatic Department as well as the improvement of the dehumidification system.
Executive Director John Myers said the pool has served the community for decades, and now it needs renovations for the benefit of local residents.
“The pool is an asset to our town,” Myers said.
Myers reported his organization may turn the existing gymnasium into a “gymnastics” gymnasium, while a 10,000 sq. foot addition of the gymnasium may become a basketball and volleyball court. He said this new component will give parents an opportunity to drop off their children
“It will create a campus-feel for the Y,” Myers said. “There will be more opportunities for families to do things together.”
Although Myers has not scheduled a start date for phase two of the renovations, he said he hopes they will take off by 2014. For now, he looks forward to the future of Southington’s YMCA.
“Time is in our hands now to make it a better Y for the community,” he said.