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New downtown YMCA to open Dec. 10

  • Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at 3:13 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at 9:25 p.m.

The new downtown YMCA will open Dec. 10 following a month of pre-opening activities, officials announced Monday.

The $23 million Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA, between Third and Central, has been under construction for 18 months as part of a $40 million metro-wide capital improvement campaign by Greater Wichita YMCA.

The final day of the existing downtown YMCA, built in 1959, will be Dec. 5. It will close Dec. 6 and eventually be demolished for parking to serve the new building.

Among the pre-opening activities is an online scavenger hunt, which started this afternoon. Participants can search for an online medallion to win free Greater Wichita YMCA adult memberships.

A free one-year membership will be given each day for the next 10 days. One lifetime membership will be awarded Nov. 15. Daily clues are available at facebook.com/ymcawichita or @greaterwichitay on Twitter.

The executive director of the new YMCA, John Weber, will take over Nov. 12.

On Nov. 19, the YMCA will reveal the contents of the 1959 time capsule retrieved from the cornerstone of old building, and will place a new time capsule in the cornerstone of the new facility.

The new building will be dedicated Nov. 29 for invited guests, including YMCA leaders, donors and volunteers, and area leaders.

Current downtown YMCA members and area businesses will have an invitation-only open house Dec. 7. A public open house will be held Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The new 110,000 square foot building is expected to serve 30,000 people in the area and foster community partnerships in education, nutrition and wellness, YMCA officials said.

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