Residents from Sumner, Bonney Lake and the surrounding areas have long hoped for a YMCA facility, and an announcement this week indicates the long wait could be nearing an end.
The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties announced Thursday that it is pursuing a new location in Sumner for a facility that has been in the works for five years.
The Y has received nearly $7.8 million in community donations for the project, which will increase in scope if the City Council approves terms linked to a new proposed site of about 10 acres near 64th Street East and 160th Avenue East. The proposed location includes seven separate parcels of land, and as a whole is about 4 acres larger than the original proposed site as part of the Orton Junction mixed-use development project.
The Sumner City Council meets tomorrow, April 26, at 5 p.m. in the Council Chambers to discuss adjusting terms to a previous agreement with the YMCA. The city’s original pledge was set at $2.5 million, but the new proposed site would result in a larger facility that requires Sumner to contribute $5 million.
Bob Ecklund, president and chief executive officer of the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, said timely approval of terms for the new site could lead to groundbreaking as early as 2014. He said the YMCA has a grand-opening goal of fall 2015.
“It has been slow building for five years and this alternative has come together quickly,” Ecklund said Thursday. “It almost feels like a miracle.”
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