YMCA to break ground for center’s expansion

By Lilyvania Mikulski….

Rendering of the expanded South Dade YMCA Family Center

The YMCA of Greater Miami will begin construction on the expansion of the South Dade YMCA Family Center with a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, May 5, at 9:30 a.m., at the center, 9355 SW 134 St.
The community is invited to attend and participate in the celebration of what will be the flagship family center for the YMCA of Greater Miami.

“Commencing construction on our new family center is a huge milestone for the Y as we continue on our goal to impact as many people as possible in the communities we serve,” said Alfred Sanchez, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Miami. “This expansion alone will allow the Y to serve more than 30,000 people in the South Dade area.

“With four family centers in Miami-Dade, and more to come, the Y is working to ensure that every person has affordable access to essential health and social programs.”

After conducting a study to determine the types of services and programs area residents desired, the Y designed a center with the residents’ specific needs in mind. Working with architecture firm Borrelli + Partners and construction company Gerrits Construction, the Y will convert the current facility into a modern 36,000-square-foot center. The expanded facility will provide a new gathering place where all community members will enjoy an array of programming focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The Y bought the facility in 2002, and since then has renovated it multiple times to address the needs of the community. The current expansion will add an indoor gymnasium for all weather play and for space for camp and community groups; an extensive wellness center with cardiovascular equipment, resistance training equipment and free-weights; two exercise studios for group fitness classes; an outdoor sports court; an activity center; locker rooms that include a family change area; a kids adventure center with a play yard, and a supervised child watch center. An outdoor swimming pool offering a wide range of aquatic activity also is in the works.

While the new facility is under construction, Y members can still enjoy a full-range of activities for kids and adults including group fitness classes like Yoga, Pilates, Boot Camp, Step, Silver Sneakers, and Spinning taught by the Y’s professional, certified instructors. Youth programs like summer camp, soccer, flag football and basketball will be hosted at nearby locations while the current facility is under construction.

For more information about the South Dade YMCA Family Center, call 305-254-0310 or visit online at www.ymcamiami.org.

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2 Comments on "YMCA to break ground for center’s expansion"

  1. Thank you to everyone who came out yesterday for our Groundbreaking for the South Dade YMCA Family Center.

    Our current wellness center will remain open throughout construction! So call if you have any questions about the Y, the expansion, becoming a member, or enrolling your kids in camp or youth sports! Call 305-254-0310.

  2. area resident | May 8, 2011 at 10:50 am | Reply

    We had a great time. Thanks for doing it

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