LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- It has been more than a decade since a new YMCA opened in Louisville, but that is about to change.
Construction is almost finished at the new YMCA building just north of Norton Commons. After 14 months of construction activity, workers are putting the finishing touches on the new $13 million red brick complex.
YMCA District Director Mike Bramer took WDRB News on a tour of the 44,000 square foot building. "This is going to be a larger and more open environment compared to most of our YMCA's" says Bramer, describing the huge area that will soon be filled with all kinds of exercise equipment.
It is a very open and bright area with natural light that will have cardiovascular and strength equipment where people will be able to get in those much needed workouts to stay in shape.
The new Y will have the largest indoor track among the 11 metro YMCA's. Perhaps most impressive, though, is the aquatic area with a lap pool and an indoor water park pool for family fun.
"We are very excited," says Bramer. "This will be our first indoor family water pool. We have nice play features, like water slides, and it is shallow enough for toddlers and children to play."
Bramer says the pools will be accessible to all. "We have chairlifts in all of the pools," he says, "allowing people to get in and out of the water. We also have handicapped wheelchair accessibility into the family pool area."
People have until mid-January to join the new Y without having to pay an initiation fee. "We've already sold 600 charter memberships," says Bramer, "so that even before people had a chance to step in the door, so we are very excited about that."
Monthly dues range from $50 for seniors up to $86 for families.
The Y has a financial assistance program for people who cannot afford monthly dues.
The Norton YMCA is set to open January 20th.