NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - It's called the Y on Granby. The newest Y-M-C-A will open its doors Friday in Norfolk.
WAVY.com was there when city officials joined the community and Y-M-C-A to break ground on the new facility and 10 on your side's Walt Hildebrand took a tour.
The family center will offer expanded services to Park Place -- a neighborhood often in need – including, a new outdoor aquatic center, wellness center, Stay & Play center, Interactive Zone/teen center and Music & Arts spaces.
"We think [the pool] will be the highlight to our facility" said The Y on Granby's Executive Director Anthony Walters.
Those are the hopes as the Y gets ready to open its doors on Friday at 5:30 a.m.
"We've got an entire spectrum of folks from across Norfolk coming in and saying this is the Y they're going to use, this is the family center that they're going to use" said Walters.
The fitness facility of the Y has over 51 pieces of equipment for cardio and strength, according to Walters. And if you want to Zumba, the Y has a large-group exercise studio, called studio one, where most of the high impact classes will take place.
The Y also has a room just for cycling with 15 bikes. But the facility is not just a place to exercise the body.
"Not all kids necessarily want to have a basketball or football in their hands," said Walters. "There are kids that want to exercise the other part of their brains."
The new center has a music room, art room, computer room and a recreational room.
"Oh I love it, especially the upstairs," said Tiffany Brown, a new Stay-and-Play Attendant in the child care area. "The gym area is so high tech, it's just beautiful."
Brown is getting her workout already, assembling kids toys for the child care area, and she can't wait to bring her three-year-old son.
"I would love to get him swim lessons," said Brown. "That would be a one of the big things for me is to get him some swim lessons and the stay and play."
And the hopes are that many others will stay and play.
"We know that it brings people together, the y brings people together," Waltrs saidl. "This location is going to be a shining example of that occurring."
The facility was possible from a combination of support from the City and private philanthropy, according to a YMCA of South Hampton Roads press release.
"The Y makes a positive impact on thousands of people throughout our region every day," said Billy George, President and CEO of YMCA of South Hampton Roads in the press release. "At the Y, people don't just join a facility; they're part of a cause to strengthen the foundations of the communities we serve."
The new YMCA is located on Granby Street about two blocks from the zoo.
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