Payton Baggett Reporting
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – With the news of Clarksville’s much anticipated second YMCA location scheduled to open by year’s end, Director O’Bee O’Bryant said the choice to build the facility at 390 Needmore Rd. was influenced by positive market studies done on the location, its large population, and potential to have a greater impact on the surrounding area.
Construction is in the beginning stages after a substantial delay in the approval of the project due to a change in builder and site location, but it can now only be deterred by bad weather.
O’Bryant said the spaces designated in the floor plan will be used for various programs and classes, including taekwondo, art, and healthy cooking. This part of the Y will also house the counseling and small groups provided by its non-profit organization, Restore Ministries, as well as its After Breast Cancer program, which provides free wellness services for survivors of the disease.
The Y also plans to partner with the Armed Services YMCA of Fort Campbell to host event for service members and their families.
If the new location proves successful, expansions will be welcome in the future, and Y will purchase the building from developers Jeff Burkhart, Vernon Weakley, and Jim Thomas, who will own the building initially. The intent is to add a family play structure modeled as a water park, which O’Bryant says is not currently available for Clarksville residents. The indoor cycle room will also be part of an expansion.
Residents can expect the 20,000 square feet, $4 million Needmore Rd. location to be complete in December.