Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Executive Deputy Secretary Neil Weaver joined local and community leaders to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the new state-funded Clarion County YMCA.
“The new Clarion County YMCA will raise the quality of life for Clarion’s residents, increase public health, and create a stronger sense of community,” Weaver said. “Projects like this are exactly what Governor Wolf means when he talks about making Pennsylvania a better place to live, work, and play.”
The new 40,000 square foot facility includes a full-service wellness center, full gymnasium with a separate running/walking track, an outdoor athletic field, resources for outpatient rehabilitation, café, administrative space, and multi-purpose rooms to support seniors in the mornings and children and teens after school. It also features a warm water pool to provide recreation and exercise, swimming lessons, aqua aerobics, physical therapy, and other activities. The new facility replaces the old YMCA which could no longer meet the needs of the community due to its size.
“We are very excited to have a full-service YMCA in Clarion County,” said Milissa Bauer, co-chair of the Clarion County YMCA Capital Campaign. “What makes the YMCA distinct is that it is the only place where the entire county can join together, regardless of age, gender, faith, income, education, marital and social for the purpose of building healthy hearts, spirits and bodies. The Clarion County YMCA is a place for us to live well!”
The new YMCA is expected to help boost the Clarion County economy as well. By raising the area’s quality of life, Clarion will have a greater ability to attract and retain residents, which will help fill vacant jobs in the area. Additionally,, the YMCA also aims to help businesses lower health insurance and workers compensation costs by providing access to health and wellness programs and expanding community partnerships.
The project was supported by the Wolf Administration through $4 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants.