After nearly two months of delays by the weather,
the Southern Platte County Community Center in
Parkville will be opening its doors to the public
on Saturday, Feb. 19.
The new 53,000 square foot facility, located at
8875 Clark Ave. in Parkville, was originally scheduled
to open in January of 2005.
However, with nearly 60 days of bad weather delaying
construction of the project, the site is now only
nine days away from its official opening.
According to Platte County Parks and Recreation
Director Brian Nowotny the center is receiving
some finishing touches.
The center is coming along very well and
is rolling toward completion and the grand opening
on Feb. 19, said Nowotny. Its
a real hot bed of activity right now.
Contractors are currently involved with the installation
of carpet, the gym floor, interior windows and
doors, and finishing the painting.
During a tour of the facility two weeks prior
to the grand opening, Nowotny described the southern
facility as a very open and big design."
The idea of the facility is as soon as
you walk in, youre hit with what the facility
has to offer, stated Nowotny.
The facility will feature a wellness center;
a full-size indoor gymnasium; a 1/8 mile suspended
walking track; an indoor aquatics center featuring
three lap lanes, a lazy river, a vortex, a whirlpool,
a dry sauna, and a steam room; a kids adventure
center; a child watch area; indoor and outdoor
playground areas; a generation center (will serve
as a meeting area for the community and a program
center for the YMCA); a library (cool down area);
Studio A (an Active Studio for high impact fitness
programs such as: aerobics, and martial arts;)
Studio B (a Soft Studio for quiet programs such
as a spinning program, yoga, and palates); party
room; locker rooms; lounges; and a vending area.
The $12.8 million center, along with the $7.5
million northern facility in Platte City, is being
funded by the parks and recreation half cent sales
tax. Both centers are operated by the YMCA of
Greater Kansas City.
The 29,000 square foot, northern facility located
at 3101 Running Horse Road in Platte City, opened
The southern community center will be open from
5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5:30
a.m.-8 p.m. on Fridays, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays,
and 12 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays.
Center Executive Donna Linville will oversee
the daily functions of the Parkville Community
Membership numbers for the Parkville Center,
according to Nowotnys last report, were
People who are still interested in joining the
YMCA can still become members, with memberships
good at both centers.
Membership fees for Platte County citizens are:
family $68.40, individual $45.90, senior family
$60.30, senior individual $39.60, and teen $20.70.
County and YMCA officials, project partners,
as well as center members will gather at the new
facility at 10 a.m., Feb. 19 for the grand opening
and ribbon cutting ceremony.