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Caroline County YMCA organizers recently kicked off a fundraising campaign to fund a new facility in Ladysmith next year.
According to Barney Reiley, CEO of the Rappahannock Area YMCA, Caroline residents should expect to see a 42,000-square-foot facility, complete with two pools, a fitness center, a gymnasium, an aerobic studio and a youth wing by December 2012.
Caroline YMCA rendering
Reiley said he hopes to break ground on the project this fall on a 10-acre lot adjacent to the Ladysmith branch library near U.S. 1. It will be very similar to the Spotsylvania County Y.
“We’re very excited about being here and it was a long time coming,” Reiley said to a large group of supporters Friday at Ladysmith Vilage. “We’ve been working on this for six years now.”
The Caroline branch will be the fourth for the Rappahannock Y, which has 28,000 members who use Ys in Stafford, Spotsylvania and King George counties.
While the Y will be located in Ladysmith, Reiley said there will be a “concentrated effort to do outreach and do pickups in other parts of the county.”
The Caroline Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 earlier this year to approve $5 million in interim financing for the Y.
Madison District Supervisor Wayne Acors promised that developer proffers and capital campaign funds, not taxpayer dollars, will pay for the Y.
“I intend to keep my promise to the people of Caroline County,” Acors said. “Help us make this happen.”
Pledge cards are available for individuals or businesses that wish to donate to the Caroline Y.
A pledge of $175,000 toward the project was made a few years ago by Union First Market Bank and part of that money was used towards the architectural design, Acors said.
Caroline YMCA floorplan
Reiley said the Y will offer “a plethora of programs” for infants, youths and senior citizens, ranging from summer day camps to water aerobics to arthritis programs.
He also pointed out that with the YMCA’s Open Door Program–which offers financial assistance to those who cannot afford membership–no one will be turned away. About $600,000 in financial assistance was offered in the region in 2010 through the program, which Reiley said is funded annually by local donors.
“This will really improve the quality of life for the children, the teens, adults and families in Caroline County,” Reiley said. “Together we will be proactive and make this a better county to be in.”