WASHINGTON — The long-awaited opening of the new Washington YMCA building has arrived.
Starting Monday, June 1 the facility, located at 520 West Fifth Street, is open to members of the organization, CEO Amy Schulte said.
“This morning has gone great. We had people here at 5 a.m. About 45 people came through,” Schulte said of the facility’s opening day.
As of right now, the Y will not be offering their usual day passes to make sure the facility stays under the 50% capacity in accordance with current public health guidelines. But while the general public does not yet have full access to the building, Schulte said the YMCA will be offering tours to the public as staffing allows.
The CEO added the organization will continue to wait on the governor’s guidance before making the building freely accessible to the general public. Additionally, the Y has limited its 24 hour access. Currently, the building is only open to members during regular staff hours. Schulte said she hopes the 24 hour access will be available again once restrictions loosen.
“So many people waited so long and it’s tough not being able to welcome everyone in,” she said.
To commemorate the new opening, the facility held a flag-raising ceremony performed by the local American Legion post.
“Our summer camp kids got to come and watch — it was a great moment,” Schulte added.
The CEO added the facility boasts many new features the community will be able to take advantage of including new pickleball courts, a new basketball court and an open floor plan that the community can use to hold gatherings.
“I’m really excited for our new basketball court. It’s two-and-a-half times larger than our previous gym. There’s so many more opportunities and new activities we’ll be able to hold,” she said, “I would really like to say a huge thank you to the community and all of our partners. This is a new beginning for all of our membership — it’s a new place to interact and for the Y to provide resources and services to the community.”