Cass County's YMCA kicked off a multi-million-dollar campaign Monday with a $1 million contribution from a Logansport family.
The campaign will fund interior and exterior renovations at the local Y estimated between $3.5 and $4 million. Those renovations will include windows from the ground floor to the roof line on much of the building's exterior along East Broadway and a new glass entrance lobby. It'll result in a more modern look while allowing for more natural light in the building, according to a Y press release.
Eight private dressing areas available to families and individuals will replace the current boys and girls locker rooms. They'll better serve families with young children and seniors who may not be able to travel up and down the stairs to the adult locker rooms on the facility's lower level, according to the press release.
The release also states that the campaign aims to make parts of the Y more multi-functional and resurface the property's parking lots.
Derreck Parkevich, Cass County Family YMCA executive director, talked about the plans Monday during a news conference at the Logansport-Cass County Chamber of Commerce.
"Over our facility's 51-year history, despite being in a great location and having a solid structure, we have experienced certain challenges along the way," Parkevich said. "We have an outdated exterior with no identifiable main entrance, a lack of multi-functional spaces, locker room challenges for our seniors and families, bottleneck at the entry desk and unused space for much of the day in some areas of the building."
The Cass County Family YMCA is calling the campaign "The Next 50 Years" after recently celebrating its first half-century at 905 E. Broadway in Logansport.
Parkevich said local Y leaders toured YMCAs in neighboring communities for ideas and have been working with West Lafayette-based KJG Architecture on plans for the past year and a half to two years.
Construction is anticipated to start in 2019, according to the press release.
Brian Morrill, capital campaign chair, announced Monday at the chamber of commerce that Milt and Jean Cole contributed $1 million to the campaign.
"Once again they have stepped up to the plate and demonstrated their commitment, their passion and their love for Logansport and Cass County," Morrill said after reflecting on the family's contributions in Cass County and Indiana throughout the years.
A standing ovation followed Morrill's announcement of the gift.
"We are pleased to be able to do this," Milt Cole said. "We are proud of the Y. The Y is a good organization, probably as good as it comes."
Terri Riley, Cass County Family YMCA Board chair, said more than 10 percent of the community are active members of the Y and another 5 percent participate in Y programs.
"The Y is an important centerpiece of our community," she said. "It serves our youth, our families, adults and our seniors. It promotes a sense of community and helps make Logansport and Cass County a better place to live based on the values it represents."
The Cass County Family YMCA currently serves about 4,000 members and another 2,000 individuals in its programs throughout the year, according to the press release.