The Fort Worth City Council has agreed to a $2.3M forgivable loan to the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth to construct a full-service aquatic facility in southeast Fort Worth. Fort Worth will also provide $59,000 annually to help provide operational funds and maintenance of the center.
The aquatic facility is part of the YMCA’s larger capital development plan and also fits within Fort Worth’s Aquatics Master Plan.
“It is with great pride and anticipation that we finalize the partnership between the City of Fort Worth and the YMCA,” said Councilmember Kelly Allen Gray, in whose district the facility will reside.
Construction on the new aquatics facility could begin as early as July 2016, with swimmers making their first splash as soon as May 2017.
At Fort Worth Metropolitan YMCAs, swim lessons are offered throughout the summer in an effort to educate and protect as many children as possible. The YMCA also works with the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition to teach basic water survival skills to children and adults. Through this collaborative effort, 408 non-swimmers are now safer in and around water and parent/caregiver education has been provided to 575 community members who are now ambassadors for water safety within their community networks.
“This partnership will deepen the long-standing relationship the YMCA has enjoyed with the City of Fort Worth for many years, “said YMCA President and CEO Tony Shuman. “We look forward to using this as a tool to teach swim lessons to local youth and avoid the growing statistic of pediatric drowning in our state and county.”