Pooler YMCA begins $1.6 million renovation project

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The ‘Golden Sledgehammer Swing’ ceremony celebrates the groundbreaking of Pooler YMCA’s $1.6 million renovation project. During the event, pre-kindergarten students from the West Chatham Children’s Learning Center performed and executives hit the walls with sledgehammers. YMCA of Coastal Georgia CEO Joel Smoker took the first step toward the wall to kick off the renovations. TRENDING STORIESMassive 13ft Alligator Caught in South Carolina LakeInmate Escapes Custody in Bulloch CountyDid You Feel It? Earthquake reported overnight in Georgia “It’s the first phase here of an expansion project, we’re going to gut this whole interior of this YMCA and provide more open space for the community to come in and relax and relax, as well as eliminating hallways and making room for a larger fitness center,” Smoker said. It’s been 20 years since the West Chatham YMCA was updated. The new facilities will include new equipment, a family-friendly weight system and an expanded lobby Smoker said the $1.6 million renovation won’t hurt the pockets of Y members. YMCA member Terri Lewis said the YMCA is more like a family than a business Lewis is excited about the new renovations I’ve seen the designs of how they’re expanding it, and that open so we can all be one around others,” Lewis said. The facility will still be operational as construction continues. The first phase of the YMCA’s renovation is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023.

The ‘Golden Sledgehammer Swing’ ceremony celebrates the groundbreaking of Pooler YMCA’s $1.6 million renovation project.

During the event, pre-kindergarten students from the West Chatham Children’s Learning Center performed and executives hit the walls with sledgehammers. YMCA of Coastal Georgia CEO Joel Smoker took the first step toward the wall to kick off the renovations.

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“This is the first phase of an expansion project, we will gut the entire interior of this YMCA and provide more open space for the community to come in and relax and unwind, as well as eliminate hallways and make room for a larger fitness center,” Smoker said.

It’s been 20 years since the West Chatham YMCA was updated. The new facilities will include new equipment, a family-friendly weight system and an expanded lobby.

Smoker said the $1.6 million renovation won’t hurt Y members’ pockets. The investment will be taken care of internally.

YMCA member Terri Lewis said the YMCA is more like a family than a business. Lewis is delighted with the new renovations.

“I’m looking forward to it, I’ve seen the designs of how they’re expanding it, and it’s opening it up so we can all be around each other,” Lewis said.

The facility will still be operational as construction continues. The first phase of the YMCA’s renovation is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023.

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