The downtown YMCA in Sioux Falls unveiled its vision for the future Tuesday. Members got their first look at the "New Day, New YMCA" project.
The staff used member surveys to get a better understanding of what upgrades the building needs. What they came up with will include more than just improving its wellness facilities.
The plans are just paper and ink right now, but YMCA president and CEO Mike Gulick says it's just the first step in a long-held dream.
"Today was kind of unveiling of many, many years of data gathering and input to make sure this YMCA is at the forefront," Gulick said.
Some of the new features include a new locker room, new equipment and exercise studios. The Y is also adding a new twist with a virtual training room that allows people who don't have time to attend classes to get in a workout when it fits their schedule. Probably the biggest change comes with the addition of new low income housing for the community.
"That was answering an identified need in the community so as the community was surveying, the needs, affordable housing, especially in this particular area, was what rose to the forefront. And so it fit with what we were trying to do," Gulick said.
Walt Leyse, a 40-year member, knows that even with all the new additions, people will miss something that's not in the plans.
"Well, I'm sure there is a lot of people that are going to miss the swimming pool. That's one of the things that was a real decision for them to make," Leyse said.
Still, Leyse is happy with the changes and Gulick is confident he won't be the only one.
"I believe this board has come up with a very futuristic idea, and it's fun to be a part of," Gulick said.
For people waiting for the finished product, Gulick said that the first portion of the remodel will be on display in a grand re-opening either February or March.