It is the fourth Y facility in recent years to undergo a significant renovation or expansion as the organization seeks to expand its impact through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.
Included in the yearlong renovation will be new locker rooms, family changing rooms, a multipurpose area for health, wellness and nutritional classes, a new YMCA Child Development Center, a teen room and physical plant improvements.
The gift was made in honor of Dr. Margaret Miller, a longtime member of the Oviedo Y who also serves on the Dr. Phillips Charities Board.
In late 2016, the Y also unveiled an $11 million expansion and renovation of the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA. With a focus on improving community health, the new facility is providing a new model for how other Ys, locally and nationally, approach Healthy Living.
The transformation, also funded through Dr. Phillips Charities, incorporates purposeful design, innovative technology and mission-based partnerships with Orlando Health and others to provide everything people need to get healthy – and stay healthy – within and beyond the four walls of the Y.
“As the Y strives to meet growing demand for health and wellness resources, the Y is investing heavily in capital projects to expand, improve and modernize our facilities,” said Dan Wilcox, YMCA of Central Florida President/CEO. “With chronic disease so prevalent yet preventable, the Y is striving to help all Central Floridians live healthier lifestyles.”
In 2016, the Frank DeLuca YMCA in Ocala completed a 20-month, $7.2 million expansion funded, in part, through a major gift from philanthropist Frank DeLuca. In partnership with Munroe Regional Medical Center, the Y is providing preventative health and education services in Marion County. In 2015, the Roper YMCA in Winter Garden unveiled a 7,000 sq. ft. renovation, including a new Health Performance Center, underwritten by the West Orange Healthcare District, Orlando Health and Health Central Hospital.