Wednesday, April 24, 2024

YMCA pool reopens following $1.2M in renovations

The Nir Family YMCA on Market Street will reopen its six-lane indoor pool this week, following upgrades to its roof and deck, and the addition of new equipment. (Courtesy YMCA)

WILMINGTON — After more than a million dollars in renovations, the YMCA’s local pool will reopen this week with a ribbon cutting.

The Nir Family YMCA, 2710 Market St., will once again welcome visitors to its six-lane indoor pool after the first phase of a $1.2-million project.

Capital funds were provided as a donation by Oaz Nir of New York, who previously gave $2 million toward rebuilding the YMCA facility after a fire in 2015. The YMCA was renamed to honor the Nir family’s contributions over the years.

To celebrate the reopening, YMCA will host a ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, before the pool opens the following day at 5 p.m.

“The YMCA is a community asset, and it is inspiring to see members of the
community rally to give back and help improve the facilities and amenities that we offer,” Nir Family YMCA executive director Shannon Berg said in a press release.

The pool originally opened in 1991 as the Jean Greene Natatorium and required work to ensure the safety of its patrons after 32 years of operation. Upgraded amenities include a retractable roof, new pool deck, new insulated glass windows and doors and new equipment.

The renovations are intended to extended the pool’s life by another 30 years.

The second phase of the project will add a new hot tub facility; construction is anticipated to begin later this year. Money is still being raised by YMCA members and a matching gift by Nir.

“The YMCA is an important part of the Wilmington community, and a major part of my family’s life and work,” Nir said in a press release. “It is an honor to help support it.”

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