Pool, gym at YMCA to open on Thursday

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ymca new logoThe gymnasium and pool at the Wilmington Family YMCA will reopen on Thursday.

The YMCA’s Market Street facility has been closed since a fire damaged the building in February. At 10 a.m. Thursday, the six-lane pool and the gym will reopen to YMCA members, according to membership director Tom Lamont.

In April, the YMCA’s board of directors approved funding to reopen pool and the gym after a fire caused major damage to the YMCA facility on Feb. 7, according to YMCA spokeswoman Sarah Gibbs. No injuries were reported in the fire, which started in a second-story sauna in the men’s locker room, according to Wilmington Fire Department Battalion Chief Chris Nelson.

The YMCA partnered with a modular building company to manufacture two locker rooms with lockers, sinks, toilets, changing areas and six showers each, CEO Dick Jones said in a previous interview with Port City Daily. The buildings were constructed and placed on site. The locker rooms will give the YMCA the infrastructure needed to reopen the pool and the gymnasium, Jones said.

Along with the modular locker rooms, the Y has also installed a second modular classroom for children’s programming, Jones said. The summer camps—which are at near-capacity this year at Forest Hills Elementary School—will be able to move back to the main facility, Jones said.