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It's exciting that another joint facility planned by the Lincoln YMCA and the Lincoln Public School District is close to becoming a reality.

The new building with a gymnasium, fitness areas, a pool and meeting rooms to be located near 75th Street and Yankee Hill Road will be a tremendous asset to southeast Lincoln, which is the only quadrant of the city without a YMCA.

It's a tribute to community foresightedness and planning that the building to be used jointly by the school and the YMCA will be the second of its kind in Lincoln.

The innovative joint facility that opened five years ago in Fallbrook is a success worthy of emulation.

The collaboration allows maximum benefit from the public dollars in the $153 million bond issue approved recently by voters and the private donations that will pay for the YMCA.

The fundraising effort was kick-started two years ago by a $1 million donation from Ed and Mary Copple. YMCA officials plan to raise another $2.5 million in a capital campaign toward the $10 million that the YMCA plans to invest in the new center.

The Fallbrook YMCA has about 50,000 square feet. About 30,000 square feet of the facility are shared with a middle school.

When the facility was built, the YMCA and LPS used the same architect and ordered construction materials together.

A prime concern in designing the facility was to keep students separated from YMCA patrons during school hours.

Lincoln residents have always touted the Capital City as a good place to raise a family. Lincoln schools and a vigorous YMCA program are both reasons why that continues to be true.


March 14, 2014


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