Letters to the Editor

Duro letter: South Meridian YMCA

Twelve-year-old Lucas Lowry asked on Jan. 18 why the new South Meridian Family YMCA will be opening with no pool. Thank you, Lucas. The intent has always been to have pools there, and the Y remains fully committed to working with the community to find funding for the Aquatic Center. Partners in the project attempted to fund the pool through a 2016 West Ada Recreation District bond. A majority of votes was received, but it missed the two-thirds threshold needed. So, we made a deliberate decision to construct and open the rest of the state-of-the-art facility, starting services for the community while continuing to gather leaders and supporters for aquatics in Meridian. This project is an innovative collaboration among the Treasure Valley Family Y, West Ada School District, St. Luke’s Health System, City of Meridian, and Meridian Library District. We are thrilled to open this facility in May and provide Meridian a shared campus that will combine multiple services in one location. It will be the heart of the neighborhood and create a community center that inspires connections, nurtures children and supports well-being at every age. It will also be open to everyone, regardless of ability to pay.

David Duro, President & Chief Executive Officer, Treasure Valley Family YMCA