Jessamine County

YMCA falls short of goal, ends campaign for new Nicholasville Y

NICHOLASVILLE — The capital campaign that began in 2006 for a new YMCA facility in Nicholasville has been put on hold, but might be resurrected in another five years.

YMCA of Central Kentucky launched a $10 million capital campaign five years ago to build a new facility that would replace the existing one on East Maple Street in Nicholasville that opened in 1977.

The organization announced in a release this week that it has ceased the capital campaign but intends to "revisit the matter in five years to assess the feasibility of launching a new campaign."

To date, more than $1.3 million was pledged and $675,826 was received on pledge payments, said Gail Glasser, president and CEO of the YMCA of Central Kentucky. The campaign had spent $639,919 on approved expenses, including fees for architectural services and plans for the building.

Glasser said the YMCA intends to pay back money that Jessamine County Fiscal Court had provided to the project. She didn't have an exact figure on that amount.

Glasser said it's fair to say the economic downturn played a role in the campaign not meeting its goal, but she didn't want to blame it solely on that.

"It's kind of hard to know exactly what factors came together to say that the project couldn't reach its goal," Glasser said.

In a written statement, Jessamine County YMCA Board Chairman Alan VanArsdall expressed appreciation for the pledges that were received, "but to everyone's disappointment, the gifts have not reached the level of making the financial goal and project a reality."

Jessamine Fiscal Court and the city of Nicholasville donated a 10-acre tract between the Aquatic Park and St. Joseph Jessamine Ambulatory Care Center on the U.S. 27 Bypass for the new facility, said Jessamine County Judge-Executive Neal Cassity.

The new facility would have included a lap pool, wellness center, multipurpose room, gym, inside track, group exercise classrooms, free weight space, lockers, teen center and offices.

The Jessamine YMCA operates the city-county Aquatic Center, which opened in 2002. It also has summer camps and a host of programs in city-county parks and in the Jessamine County schools.