The Sioux Falls downtown YMCA is closing the doors to the old portion of its building Friday night. This is the final stage of a multi-million dollar renovation on the building on Minnesota Avenue.
The “Y” will be closed through April 29 as it moves into its remodeled facility.
During those eleven days, YMCA members can use the Sanford Wellness Center at 49th Street and Oxbow Avenue and Family Wellness on Tea/Ellis Road.
Crews are working around the clock to update the YMCA. The project called, "New Day New YMCA" kicked off last year.
While the space will be significantly smaller, 18-year YMCA member Rick Ahlers says the renovation is a good thing.
"We are all excited," Ahlers said. "Since I was in grade school this has been the same so we are excited to see what the new facility looks like."
The original plan was to have the project done by mid-March, but the cold winter season delayed it. Now the closure is the final construction phase before the grand reopening.
"The staff will be moving; we will be moving equipment and everything else over," Member Services Director Trish Klaver said.
Klaver says the project is a long time coming, adding the renovation will offer many services to the more than 2,500 members.
"It will be a wide-open floor plan, with bright colors, new machines, new equipment as well as new steam rooms and sauna, everything in working condition," Klaver said.
And while he will be displaced from his gym for several days, Alhers says he doesn't mind.
"It's a little inconvenience yes, but it's not a big deal," Alhers said.
The YMCA will hold an opening day for Y members on Wednesday, April 30 and open to the general public the next day.