Each time I travel down Rockville Road in Avon, I take a peek at the fundraising thermometer at the site where they will build the Hendricks Regional Health/YMCA facility. I’m excited that this month the red bar that shows how many donations have been made looks like it is within about 90% of its goal. It has been interesting watching them prepare the site, and soon we will get to watch as they begin construction. Officials expect the building’s concrete pad and footings to be poured this month.
There was a ceremonial groundbreaking on December 3, and the project is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2011. It has also been recently announced that in addition to the YMCA and Hendricks Regional Health facilities, there will be a 10-acre public park. The park will feature open playing fields and walking paths.
Benefits to Avon residents include a $50 YMCA programming coupon for every family living in town, a free community night once a year, free monthly teen nights, and free public meeting space. The facility’s amenities will include a two-court gymnasium, indoor lap pool, indoor water therapy and recreational pool, strength and cardio equipment, multipurpose rooms, an indoor climbing wall, cafe, outdoor sports fields, an education center, medical offices, laboratory services, occupational and physical therapy areas, and nutritional counseling.
I know that my family is very excited about the YMCA and my boys can’t wait to get into the pool! I am very happy about the big picture, of how this will help our community. Having a free community meeting room is a huge benefit, and the services that will be offered will help us all. I look forward to this facility being a focal point of the community.
For more info, click here to go to the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis website.