After years of planning and a lot of construction, the Cor Van Raay YMCA has finally opened its doors to the public.
“What an outstanding day this is for us; this has been a four-year journey for the YMCA in partnership with the city,” said Jennifer Petracek-Kolb, YMCA CEO.
“I don’t have words to put to it, because it’s just been busy, lots of adrenaline — things are going better we had anticipated.”
The first 500 people took part in a free barbecue while many enjoyed tours of the new facility. In its first day of operations, there were long lineups for drops-ins and new memberships.
The Lethbridge YMCA is the third-largest in North America at 256,000 square feet, and is owned by the city but operated by the YMCA.
“It’s an exciting day for the city of Lethbridge. The public can come and see the YMCA at the ATB Centre,” said Lethbridge mayor Chris Spearman.
The new location boasts a large fitness centre, indoor track and aquatic centre featuring two slides, a lazy river and a surf simulator.
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