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Originally published: 2013-01-03 15:54:33
Last modified: 2013-01-03 15:56:38

YMCA steering committee to form

by Staff Reports

A steering committee is being created to continue exploring the possibility of a YMCA in Watauga County.

A committee formation meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Watauga County Public Library. Prospective members should be YMCA proponents from within the community.

Bob Conklin, president and CEO of Catawba Valley YMCA, will be on hand to share information on the process of creating the athletic centers.

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More than 50 people gathered in October 2012 to explore what it would take to create a Y. The meeting was hosted by High Country Recreation, a nonprofit that promotes and advocates for recreation opportunities.

The typical Y is about 35,000 square feet and includes a gym, pool, wellness center, locker rooms, babysitting and outdoor sports fields, Conklin said at that meeting.

A facility of the typical size would cost about $6 million to $7 million to build, he said, or about $168 to $170 per square foot. When a YMCA is preparing to build in a community, the organization typically embarks on a $1 million campaign designed to cover expenses for the first three years, Conklin said.