A YMCA is coming to Penns Valley.
And Howard Long, president and CEO of the YMCA of Centre County, said it is sure to open Jan. 2 with a soft opening in December.
“Let’s just say we’ve been thinking and had conversation about this for over 10 years,” Long said about the plans to bring a YMCA to the valley. “It’s part of the YMCA’s strategic plan to serve an outlying area.”
This will be the fourth YMCA facility in Centre County. Other locations can be found in Bellefonte, State College and Philipsburg.
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The newest location will be a 13,400-square-foot facility on Streamside Place in Spring Mills off of Water Street, and will feature fitness and multipurpose rooms.
The facility will also offer a variety of fitness and spinning classes, after-school programs, summer camps, and senior and teen programs.
Long said construction is expected to begin in mid-June, and will cost about $350,000 to $400,000, Long said.
“We’re building in an existing building so the facility will be gutted inside,” Long said.
The YMCA of Centre County was formed Jan. 1, 2009, as a merger of the Bellefonte and State College YMCAs. On Jan. 1, 2012, the Moshannon Valley YMCA became the third branch of the YMCA of Centre County.