On Sunday, March 28, at 2 p.m., the Greater Carbondale YMCA will open the doors of its new facility.


On Sunday afternoon, March 28, the Greater Carbondale YMCA will open the doors of its new facility. 
Starting at 2 p.m., the leaders of the YMCA and the “21st Century Capitol Campaign – Preserving the Past, Ensuring the Future” project will welcome the community to the new facility, which will include the Family Fun Pool, which features a large, mushroom-shaped water fountain and spiraling slide, and the new equipment in the state-of-the-art fitness center. Other upgrades on display will include expanded daycare facilities, a new teen and family activity center, and new lockers with steam and sauna rooms.
There will be a special raffle to all current and new members of the Y for the right to be the first person down the waterslide.
Groundbreaking for the new facility occurred in April 2008, and construction started that summer with the intention of expanding the Y from 20,000 square feet to over 47,000 square feet.
“We could not be more pleased or more proud of our beautiful new community treasure”, stated Susan Mancuso, campaign Chair, “While we still have a long way to go before we have every dollar we need, opening the doors to our friends and neighbors just goes to show what a strong community like ours can accomplish when we work together!”
Ms. Mancuso stressed that the efforts to date have been vital in meeting the construction and fundraising goals. “The fact that so much money has been raised during such a dramatic economic downturn is a real testament to the commitment companies, organizations and individuals have made to our region.”
In its entire history, the YMCA has never raised more than $50,000 in any one time.  This campaign has surpassed the $9 million dollar mark and has set its sight on raising the crucial remaining dollars left on the multi-million dollar project.
“Our new YMCA is proof positive that the people of the Upper Valley have a bright and strong future because of the faith they have put in themselves”, said Dan Totsky, YMCA President, “There were many who never thought this day was possible, but this goes to show what good people can do when they work together.”
For more information on the events of Sunday or to make a donation, please call the Greater Carbondale YMCA at 282-2210.