YMCA members looking forward to a new, updated facility

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) On Friday, YMCA members said they are looking forward to an updated, $20 million facility.

A rendering of the inside of the updated YMCA facility.

YMCA member Mike Martin says he's seen the Y through a lot of changes.

"I joined the YMCA when I was about 16 years old, and I don't want to say how old I am now but I am 80 so I belonged a long time," he said.

He says he enjoys using the current facility, but is looking forward to the changes the new one will bring.

"I think it's needed, everything will be updated, new machines, new facility. I'm looking forward to it," Martin said.

Martin and member Jim Pfaff both agree the pool needs updates.

"The only thing we would like to see is one that's a little bigger in the new aquatic center and I think it is going to be," Pfaff said.

"I think the locker rooms and showers in the new facility will be a huge improvement," Pfaff added.

Crews will build the new facility behind the current one, so members will still be able to use that building while construction is happening.

Board Member Wendy Knight said, "we'll be open, we'll make sure we still have the facility available."

The new facility will have wide, open spaces, giving them more room to host events for non-members.

"Blood pressure screening, self-monitoring, diabetes prevention, a lot more wellness programming for our community for both youth all the way up to our more mature adult," Knight explained.

Knight says they'll raise the $20 million through a capital campaign, relying on donations and grants.

She says there's currently no plan to receive public funding.

The Y hopes to break ground in the spring of 2019, and finish construction in the fall of 2020.

The current facility will eventually be torn down.

As for Martin, who has been with the Y for so long, he's excited to see them enter this next chapter.

"I think it's a great move," he said.