|Wade Walker YMCA officially opens|
After 10 years in the making, DeKalb County officials have opened the new,
state-of-the-art Wade Walker Park Family YMCA at 5585 Rockbridge Road,
Several county officials joined Eston Hood,
Chief Operating Officer for the Metro Atlanta YMCA, and Winston Myers, II, executive director for the Sept. 12 official ribbon cutting ceremony.
“I believe this will be the most beautiful YMCA in metro Atlanta because it has everything you could imagine in a facility and is equipped with plenty of extra features that you just won’t find everywhere else,”
said DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton, who represents District 4 where the new Y is located.
The opening is especially meaningful to Barnes Sutton, who lobbied for the completion of the YMCA. The Y had spent years developing plans for the project. DeKalb broke ground on the public-private $20 million project in May 2011.
“There was a million dollars standing in the way to get this done. Opening the YMCA in our community was the first thing I took on when I got on the board; and through the County working together with us, we got it done,” said Barnes Sutton.
Former DeKalb County Commissioner Connie Stokes was among officials on hand at the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate.
“It took the involvement of the state legislature to ensure that the policies were in place to allow DeKalb County to partner with the YMCA,” said Stokes, who also recalled the amount of work involved in getting the project off the gorund.
On Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents can enjoy tours of the 60,000-square foot facility, which includes a teen room; gymnasium; a fitness area equipped with machines that use Fitlinxx, a computer system to log your progress; indoor and outdoor pools; outdoor recreation space; and sports fields.
The facility will be available for membership at the grand opening. Wellness and other vendors will be on hand. Childcare will be provided. For more information, call 678-781-9622.