YMCA asking city, county to aid project

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The Frankfort YMCA Board will be seeking financial support from county and city governments to help build a new 50,000 square-foot family YMCA facility. The estimated cost is about $11 million.

Ann Dix Maenza, president of the board, spoke to Franklin Fiscal Court Friday about capital campaign plans for the family YMCA.

A site hasn't been determined. But plans are under way for the new YMCA to have an indoor competitive pool, a warm-water pool and outdoor pool; a regulation gymnasium, walking track, racquetball courts, fitness center, community multi-purpose room, activity rooms for teens and a child-care facility.

Suddes & Associates, an Atlanta consulting firm, was hired this year to conduct the capital campaign. The firm has more than 18 years of fund-raising experience and has worked exclusively with YMCAs the past nine years.

One of Suddes & Associates' "most important findings" from a pre-campaign assessment was that a new YMCA facility will require a city, county and YMCA partnership, Maenza said.

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