A big transformation along the corner of Highway 25 and Olympic Drive in Burke County as the site is home to a brand new, about-to-be-opened Y-M-C-A.
20,000 square feet and $6.3 million later. The YMCA in Burke County is just steps away from making its debut.
“Looking right out that door at the beautiful pool complex that we have is just unreal and I’m really excited and really happy for the community and the residents of burke county,” says Randall Collins the branch Executive Director.
This project has been in the works for six years. The new facility will offer a state of the art pool, splash pad and lazy river. Fun and games, to be sure, but also something that Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard, with the sheriff’s office says, it plays well with some of the ideas of the Sheriff’s department .
“we have different camps that we do with our youth. having the ymca here will allows us to actually have a great facility to help work with a lot of the youth events that we are already doing,” Says Cheif Deputy Blanchard.
Free blood pressure checks, BMI assessments and body fat analysis are some of the perks to having a membership at this YMCA but Collins says they have decided to take it a step further..giving some parents a break.
“we give them a safe environment so they can come out and enjoy some activities and food. Parents can have an ease of mind knowing their child is being taken care of by the Y-staff.”
Getting this “Y” built is a true community effort. The county put up three million dollars to help cover the cost of the building.
Two of that comes from sales tax.
Georgia Power and other companies donated a million dollars.
“It’s a great day for burke county to have something like this. we are very excited and look forward to it,” Says Cheif Deputy Blanchard.