YMCA Dickinson Center's 'Capital Project' almost complete

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IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) - In Dickinson County, the Northern Lights YMCA’s pool has been opened since November, but that isn't the only renovation.

The Youth Room is set to be complete in two weeks. (WLUC Photo)

The ‘Y’ is proud of the splash it has made in the community.

"The Dickinson Center Capital Project is nearly complete, after more than a year of construction,” said Northern Lights YMCA Dickinson Center Director, Jonathan Ringel.

This, with the completion of a pool in November, and many updates including a sauna and deck. Now, the room is home to many new classes.

"They have been so excited, this has been one of the things they've been looking forward to since we've been open,” said Sue Nelson, Northern Lights YMCA Dickinson Center Child Care Director

The end of one project has led to the beginning of another improvement--a total re-visioning of the building's youth room.

"And we're really looking forward to this, as well. Our former youth room was in the midst of the fitness center, before the construction,” said Ringel.

The room will now have a convenient location-- right across from the front desk. This renovation means more space, and easier access to all kinds of activities.

Ringel says all of the projects have been a long time coming.

"This work began nearly a decade ago. We are now being ready to celebrate at the end of this year, 10 years in the community, so to see the work that has been done, it was a work in progress, and we're just so excited to really reach the end,” he said.

The upgrade is set to be complete in two weeks.

The Y staff says the new renovations and construction has helped, with the record breaking membership numbers.

"Membership is closing in on 3,100 members, with 300 added after the pool opened," said Ron Deuter, the Northern Lights YMCA Dickinson Center Marketing and Membership Director. "Which is record territory for this center since we opened. It's been great to see all the hard work, it's been great to see the new center, it's been great to see everyone come back."

The ‘Y’ continues to thank the community for the support.

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