The Cedar Rapids Metro YMCA Association is delighted to announce the official opening date of the new Marion YMCA location! The new building located at 3740 Irish Drive, will open on Monday, January 18th, 2021. The YMCA extends its sincerest thank you to all of the donors, members, staff, volunteers, and partners on this project. This facility would not be a reality without the extensive list of community support including the City of Marion.
As the new Marion YMCA's opening date approaches, the current Marion YMCA will be permanently closed beginning December 19th, 2020. The last day the current location will be open for use will be Friday, December 18th. The pool will close at the end of business on Wednesday, December 16th.
The month between the closing of the current facility and the opening of the new Marion location will be essential in preparation for opening. Beginning December 19th, the current Marion YMCA will be closed to move staff over to the new YMCA for training, move necessary equipment, and provide enough time for staff to prepare and get to know the new building in order to safely welcome members to this new and long-awaited facility. While preparation is underway to open the new Marion YMCA, members are welcome to use the Helen G. Nassif YMCA as classes will be accommodated as best as possible, and can contact YMCA staff with questions at (319) 366-6421 during the temporary closure.
The new Marion YMCA will feature expansive space to safely accommodate a larger amount of members. It's almost as if the building was designed for social distancing - there will be ample space between machinery, several group exercise and multi-purpose rooms, three full-size basketball courts, six lane lap pool with a separate warm water pool, larger locker rooms, and more!
"Even though our work is not yet complete on the fundraising for the new building, we are beyond excited to be able to open this community and healthy living facility to continue to serve the people of Marion and surrounding areas. We would also like to thank Knutson Construction for continuing to move this project forward on time despite a pandemic and derecho storm", says Bob Carlson, President and CEO of the YMCA. More details will become available in the near future regarding the new location's usage, etc. on the YMCA's website: www.crmetroymca.org. Individuals and families can sign up for a YMCA membership at www.crmetroymca.org/join or by calling (319) 366-6421.