New YMCA Planned for Bethel Park

The 72,000-square-foot facility will replace Bladerunners.

Fundraising has begun for a new YMCA in nearby Bethel Park, and construction is expected to start in the spring of 2015.

The 72,000-square-foot facility will replace Bladerunners at 305 Church Rd. 

Once construction is complete, the South Hills YMCA property in Upper St. Clair Township will go up for sale, and employees will move to the Bethel Park facility, which will be called Spencer Family YMCA.

The $10-million facility will keep one of Bladerunners' ice rinks and try to keep ice rink happenings as consistent as they have been in the past.

There will also be an aquatics center at the new YMCA with an indoor recreation pool and a six-lane pool, as well as possibly an outdoor pool. Rig Riggins, the CEO of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, said that his organization is still examining the feasibility of an outdoor pool on that site.

The building will have a full gymnasium, a teen center, a child care center and a large wellness center that would accommodate group exercise.

The YMCA would also become the new home of Camp AIM and other programs for children that already exist at the Upper St. Clair facility.

Riggins said that he thinks that the Bethel Park facility will attract about 2,700 families and require the hiring of about 75 new employees.

Those interested in helping to fundraise for the new YMCA are asked to contact South Hills YMCA Director Jeff Campbell at 412-833-5600.


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jaylew April 21, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Always good to see new construction.....as that means real jobs with real paychecks...as well as real property improvements and of course long term employment opportunities in this case. It is particularly pleasing to me as this organization has a "C" in it. We can't really mention what that "C" stands for in today's absurdly political climate.....but it is a "C" and not the same "C" as in say...the ACLU. So kudos to the YMCA and best wishes on this entire project. Now if we can only get rid of that tenuously tortured perpetual mental association with this organization and the "Village People". The lyrics to that song might have been innocent enough back in 1978....but they are not now. The thinly veiled behaviors described in that song were part and parcel nearly responsible for the literal wiping out of an entire generation of gay men. Sadly....the YMCA anthem has left in it's wake an indelible mark on nearly all adult American's approach to intimate moments and interpersonal relationships. Gladly....the name of that same Village People album "Cruisin'" is now more sanely and healthily associated with people getting together in their old cars or on their motorcycles and having a great time with the wind in their hair and the sun at their backs. Four bucks a gallon be d**med. The "C" in YMCA is a good thing....even for people who feel nothing about it or people who believe otherwise. ...."Young Man...there's a place you can go"
Janet Vucich April 21, 2013 at 07:32 PM
We are LONG overdue for a Y with an indoor pool! Sounds like a great plan!


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