TROY — The Miami County YMCA on Friday broke ground on an expansion of its Robinson Branch.
The field house addition is being made possible through a donation from Troy residents Thom and Pat Robinson.
According to Jim McMaken, executive director, the capital gift of $2 million was donated through the Thom and Pat Robinson Fund, which is designated through the Troy Foundation.
McMaken said the Robinsons have already been significant contributors to the Robinson Branch of the YMCA — which opened Feb 1, 2000 — so much so that the branch was was named in their honor.
“They have been generous for the last 17 years,” McMaken said. “And here we stand again because of their continued generosity.”
The branch, which has seen nearly 5 million visits since its opening, is a special place, Thom Robinson said.
“If you’ve ever had a shining star … this is our shining star,” he said. “I can’t believe 800 people come through here a day, and I am so proud of it. I hope to be here a long time from now to see when we have to renovate.”
The field house will be constructed on the north side of the property located at 3060 S. County Road 25-A and will be attached to the current basketball gymnasium.
On Friday, McMaken introduced members of the team that designed and built the original building, including staff from contractor H.A. Dorsten of Minster and Bob Taylor of Taylor Architects of Muncie, Indiana. The team again will be responsible for the field house addition, which is expected to be completed in late spring 2018, weather permitting.
McMaken said the field house will boast several sports surfaces, including basketball/volleyball-type courts and an artificial turf surface for indoor soccer. An indoor suspended netting system also will be put in place for indoor baseball/softball practices. A three-lane indoor track will make up the perimeter of the field house to allow members to walk and run, McMaken said.
The field house is expected to be just under 22,000 square feet, he said, and also will offer a set of restrooms.
McMaken said the YMCA, which also has its original branch located at 223 W. High St., Piqua, has been well-received. He said the Robinson Branch recorded 250,000 member visits in 2016.
McMaken said the facility needs expansion, as there is currently not a lot of room for youth during busy times of planned programming.
“When the swimming pool is programmed and the basketball gym is programmed, there is not a lot of room at the facility,” he said. “There’s not a lot of alternative spaces for the youth to use and this expansion will provide that alternative space for youth to utilize.”
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