Hastings YMCA to offer several new features with expansion

Published: Sep. 10, 2021 at 7:31 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings YMCA planned a renovation project to the 16th Street location. The $13.9-million ‘Building What Matters Campaign’ would offer its members a number of upgraded items throughout their facility at one location instead of two.

The project included a new workout facility, a new aquatics center, an early childhood learning center, a turf field house, an outdoor fitness area and more. In addition to all they planned to add, Troy Stickels, Hastings YMCA CEO, said they’re planning to stay open a bit longer than usual.

“Times are different, you know, people want to work out when they want to work out, people have different schedules, people seem to be a lot busier so, just giving more opportunity for people to access the facility on their own is probably the driving cause behind it,” Stickels said.

He added, although it was an exciting project, it was a bit frightening combining the 18th Street location with what would be the new-and-improved one, because the 16th street location was seeing more elderly groups of people use the facility.

“We see some mix over here, but there is a lot of division in age groups and so, it makes me a little nervous to try to get everybody to feel comfortable being in the same space, but I think our architects have done a really good job of really separating spaces so that everybody feels comfortable,” he said.

Stickels added, they had a ‘women’s only room’ in the layout, having heard of all the success other ‘Y’ location were seeing by offering the space. He said this room will offer women a private place where they can run on a treadmill, use a stair stepper and more.

Blake Bonifas, a 20-year-old receptionist for the Hastings Family YMCA, had been working at the 16th street location for around one year. He noted he had been looking forward to the renovation and was excited and surprised when finding out about the project during a meeting. Bonifas looked back on times he had enjoyed at the ‘Y’ when he was younger.

“Since I’ve been coming here, since I was 3, it’s just always been a place for me to... really express myself and just have fun with friends,” Bonifas said. “Me and my friends hang out here a lot so, it’s kind of where I developed my love for all the sports that I played in high school.”

Thursday Hastings YMCA had reached more than $9.3-million of the needed donations to get the project up and going. If you’d like to contribute to the Building What Matters Campaign you can visit the ‘Y’s’ website.

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