Renovation Provides Pine Hills with More Services and Programs
Central Florida YMCA recently celebrated an extensive expansion and renovation to its Wayne Densch YMCA Family Center in Pine Hills (870 N. Hastings Street) with a topping off ceremony attended by many of the area’s top government, community and business leaders.
Construction on the 7,300 sq. ft., $2.7 million expansion began in September 2006 and includes an expanded wellness area, aerobics classes, new family locker rooms, a zero-depth pool and increased parking. The improvements to the family center will increase the YMCA’s impact on the Pine Hills community by providing improved programs, better opportunities to serve area schools and increased opportunities for kids, adults, seniors and families to grow in Spirit, Mind and Body.
Attendees of the topping off ceremony were able to tour the Family Center to see first hand the impact it will have on the Pine Hills Community. Community leaders who attended the event included
William Chivers of RUSH Construction, Central Florida YMCA President and CEO James W. Ferber, Rev. George Jones of the First Pentecostal Church of Orlando, Orange County Commissioner Tiffany Moore, and Kran Riley of Wayne Densch Charities.
“A lot of outstanding people have worked very hard to make this project possible, “stated Ferber. “We greatly appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in this expansion and are proud to be playing a role in the revitalization of the Pine Hills community. Our goal is to create a community hub that will give residents a place where they can feel safe, participate in healthy and productive activities, and find positive influences.”
Established in 1885, the Central Florida YMCA is one of the largest nonprofit community organizations in Central Florida. With 25 Family Centers in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Brevard and Marion counties, the YMCA gave over $8.2 million in financial assistance, membership, and program subsidies to over 30,000 kids, teens, adults, and seniors in 2005. Committed to the community, with 13 middle school after school sites, 22 elementary after school sites, 16 senior outreach programs and four teen achievers centers, the YMCA maintains its mission to improve lives of all in Central Florida.