The Kosciusko Community YMCA has been diligently raising funds for a new facility to be constructed on 37.23 acres of ground located at 1305 Mariners Drive in Warsaw, Indiana. Site preparation work has already commenced and they are hoping to start construction by late December 2013 (pending fundraising). The building should be ready for occupancy by November of 2014.
Although they have done an excellent job utilizing their 33,396 square foot facility on Smith Street it is quite evident that they have outgrown this building due to increased membership. The new building will be approximately 70,000 square feet and will be capable of serving 12,000 members. They have selected a contractor and architect with extensive experience specifically related to YMCA projects. This team is emphasizing the creation of flexible space that will be able to be utilized by multiple programs and can adapt to the local needs throughout the years.
The new facility will be fully accessible and will include an 8,500 square foot health and wellness center, two group exercise studios, teaching kitchen, six-lane lap pool (capable of housing swim meets), warm water/therapy pool, multipurpose rooms, youth/teen center, double gymnasium, adult, family/special needs and youth locker rooms, one mile greenway for biking, running and walking, and some outdoor fields for day camps (see below floor plan).
Mariner’s Drive will be the primary entrance; however there is also a plan for a secondary drive accessing the property from 200 north. According to the City of Warsaw System Plan Map for the Ride-Walk Warsaw-Winona Lake Project a future greenway is planned to go underneath US 30 very near the YMCA property. It is very likely that this greenway could tie into the YMCA greenway to provide access to pedestrian traffic coming from south of US 30.
The YMCA has partnered with Parkview Health to focus on health and wellness at the new location and has received many substantial grants from local foundations. To date the fundraising campaign has been very successful and has secured 12.6 million of the 13.1 million needed to commence construction. If you are interested in investing in the future health and wellness of Kosciusko County please visit their website to donate.