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$20 million Hamburg YMCA’s perks include two-story water slide

Tour the Hamburg YMCA

David Martorano, president and CEO of the YMCA of Central Kentucky, leads a tour of the new YMCA, which is to open in late October.
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David Martorano, president and CEO of the YMCA of Central Kentucky, leads a tour of the new YMCA, which is to open in late October.

Lexington’s newest YMCA — a $20 million building — will open in Hamburg in late October.

The 62,000-square-foot building, the same size as the Carol Martin Gatton Beaumont YMCA, includes soaring spaces and a snack bar in a large lobby, and a 10,000-square-foot wellness center, a room for high-intensity exercise, and an aquatic complex with a two-story water slide and an outdoor splash area.

There also are three studios for group exercise classes (including a designated Pilates room), a multi-functional wellness area, and a three-lane walking/running track, with 16 laps to the mile. It also has a sauna, a steam room and a large whirlpool.

Those working out can use 58 pieces of cardio equipment and 34 pieces of Cybex Eagle and Prestige strength equipment, which includes multiple circuits, plate-loaded pieces and free weights.

Memberships are being sold behind the building now, and in early October, the building will be open for potential members to tour.

More than 1,000 members have already joined this YMCA, on Old Rosebud Road off Sir Barton Way. The join fee is $50, with rates that range from $25 for teens to $82.50 for households. A standard adult membership for ages 26 to 64 is $56 a month.

The new YMCA will be named the Whitaker Family YMCA in honor of the family of Elmer Whitaker, CEO at Whitaker Bank.

Whitaker said in a statement that his family “encourages the health of our state. While we work to add stability to the financial health of our state, our family is focused on the balance that is achieved through healthy spirit, mind and body.”

Brandstetter Carroll is the architect for the new building.

The design emphasizes open spaces, windows, terrazzo tile and gleaming wood, and spacious locker rooms for women, men and families.

“We started from scratch on this design,” said David Martorano, president and CEO of the YMCA of Central Kentucky. “The lobbies are really great social welcoming areas and gathering areas.”

An outdoor green space will be used for soccer, T-ball and summer day camp activities, he said.

Spaces around the building are flexible and can transition in the future, as the Y’s needs change and technology advances, Martorano said. Room is available for expansion next to the basketball court and track, Martorano said.

Upstairs, “You can exercise right here and see people in the pool,” Martorano said. Second-floor exercisers also can look out at the track and basketball court.

The north Lexington YMCA on Loudon Avenue unveiled its $3 million upgrade in January. And plans call for the High Street YMCA to be next on the list for upgrades and improvements, to be announced later this year.

YMCA offices, now at High Street, will move to the North Lexington branch on Loudon Avenue when work on High Street begins.

Cheryl Truman: 859-231-3202, @CherylTruman

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