YWCA makes big splash with pool renovations
Heidi Majors could scarcely contain her excitement about the YWCA of High Point’s newly refurbished swimming pool Monday morning.
“There’s water in the pool, it’s the right temperature, it’s the right balance — everything’s good to go,” said Majors, executive director of the YWCA. “We’re ready for Wednesday.”
That’s when the YWCA will officially reopen its 55-year-old pool, which was built in 1959 and opened in 1960. Several activities have been planned to launch the reopening of the pool.
Except for a brief stint, the pool has been closed since December, when renovations began.
“It no longer reminds me of a World War II bunker,” Majors joked as she described the $200,000 in renovations that have taken place over the past four months.
Those renovations include an overhauled pump room, in which all of the galvanized steel has been replaced with corrosion-resistant PVC piping; a new, energy-efficient boiler; new lighting in the pool room; a plastered pool floor and walls; new lap lanes in the pool; waterproofing of the pool deck; and newly painted walls.
The renovations also include a new pool lift for disabled swimmers, courtesy of a grant from the United Way of Greater High Point, which brings the pool up to current Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
“The $200,000 in funding is part of our overall ‘Growing Our Future’ campaign, which is a $3 million campaign broken down into two phases,” Majors explained. “The pool is part of Phase I, and we’ll be breaking ground on the rest of Phase I in the fall.”
Wednesday’s celebration will kick off at 10:45 a.m. with “Jump Into Our Future,” a ceremonial first jump into the newly renovated pool.
“We’re literally going to be jumping into our future,” Majors said. “We’ll have current participants jumping into the pool, along with daycares that use the pool, the dive team from the fire department — because they train in the pool — plus board members, staff members and others. And then some people are just going to celebrate and ring bells.”
That will be followed by a Health and Wellness Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with interactive booths staffed by representatives of Cornerstone Health Care, High Point Regional, the Guilford County Department of Public Health, Omega Sports and other health- and fitness-oriented organizations.
There will also be tours of the YWCA facilities and numerous class demonstrations.
At noon, North Carolina chef Chuck Hayworth will offer cooking demonstrations that focus on eating healthy. Hayworth, a former High Pointer, is the author of “The Chef’s Recovery,” a book describing how he changed his eating habits to help overcome a cancer diagnosis.
In addition to Wednesday’s activities, the YWCA is offering free use of its aquatics and fitness programs this week, encouraging the public to come sample its facilities.
Majors said the renovation of the swimming pool is only the beginning of a bright new future for the YWCA and High Point.
“With these renovations, the YWCA aquatics facility will be able to serve the community for years to come and continue to improve the quality of life,” she said.
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The YWCA of High Point will celebrate the grand reopening of its swimming pool Wednesday, beginning at 10:45 a.m., with “Jump Into Our Future,” a ceremonial first jump into the newly renovated pool.
That will be followed by a Health and Wellness Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At noon, Chuck Hayworth — author of “The Chef’s Recovery,” and a former High Pointer — will offer cooking demonstrations focusing on healthy eating.
In addition, the YWCA is offering free use of its aquatics and fitness programs this week, encouraging the public to come sample its facilities.
The YWCA is located at 112 Gatewood Ave.
For more information, call the YWCA at 882-4126.